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Friendship, Addiction, Facebook and Women

Monday, November 10th, 2008 Friendship, Addiction, Facebook and Women

According to David Smallwood an addictions expert who argues that the social networking site Facebook is fuelling insecurity especially among women. as read in a recent Daily Mail report (23 10 08).

He further states that many who use Facebook become hooked on the urge to acquire more friends in an attempt to appear popular and successful. Notably, he says women are more vulnerable as they get their self worth from relationships.

Last year media regulator Ofcom revealed that females between 25 and 49 years of age were spending more time on the internet than men for the first time.

The ‘feminisation of the web’ is said to have been driven by social networking sites. Facebook has nearly 60million users with two million joining weekly.

Of greater concern was the fact that the site is totally unsuitable for those recovering from drug, alcohol or shopping dependencies.

In contrast however a report said yesterday that sites such as Facebook help prevent social isolation, which contributes to mental illness at a cost of £77billion a year.

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