The Bergen Facebook Addiction Test was developed by Cecilie Schou Andreassen, Doctor of Psychology and head of the Facebook Addiction study at the University of Bergen (UiB). It consists of six quick questions, which is great to get through. However, it is self-diagnosed. So if you are in denial about how you should truly answer the question, well, the test won’t identify you as a Facebook addict and you’ll continue to be in denial.
For each question, give yourself a rating of:
- Very rarely
- Very often
[ ] You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or plan use of Facebook.
[ ] You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.
[ ] You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.
[ ] You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
[ ] You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.
[ ] You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.
Scoring “often” (4) or “always” (5) on four or more of the six items suggests that you are addicted to Facebook.
Whether you are an addict or not is your concern. My interest is to see how many people agree with their test results, though not just agreement. I want to see if those diagnosed by the test one way feel the same way as those assessed by the test another way. I’m just curious, even though you are self-diagnosing. I have a feeling they may not turn out the same way, so let’s see.
You can perouse more details of Dr Andreassen’s Facebook Addiction Research here. It is the first Facebook addiction test to be scientifically validated, though I thought the 423 sampling size was a tad small. Your alternative option is this unvalidated 30 question test, which you can click to see for yourself because I’m not into duplicating hocus pocus tests. :-)