39% Of Young Women Are Facebook Addicts

According to a poll released Wednesday, Americans are increasingly obsessed with Facebook and many young women check their page before even using the restroom in the morning.

Lightspeed Research for Oxygen Media surveyed women between the ages 18 and 34 and found that 34 percent of them said that checking Facebook was the first thing they did in the morning.

Twenty-percent said they would sneak a peak of Facebook during the night, while 26 percent said they would get up in the middle of the night to read text messages.

Oxygen Media found that 39 percent of the 1,605 social media users between the ages 18 and 54 describe themselves as “Facebook addicts.”

The study showed that 57 percent of women between the ages 18 and 34 said they talk to people online more than face-to-face and 31 percent said they feel more comfortable about their online persona than their real life one.

Sixty-three percent of the women surveyed said they use Facebook as a career networking tool, but 42 percent said they did not think there was anything wrong with posting photos of themselves visibly intoxicated.

The study found that 48 percent of women say they find out about news through Facebook, while 41 percent said they use Twitter to keep up to date.

Fifty percent of single women between the ages of 18 to 34 said that it is okay to meet and date other singles through Facebook.

Six percent of the young single women use it as a way to “hook up” as opposed to 20 percent of men.
The survey found that 24 percent of men between the ages of 18 to 34 are more likely than a female to break up using Facebook, compared to 9 percent of women.

InsideFacebook.com said that Facebook’s growth slowed in the U.S. in June as it picked up only 320,800 new monthly active users last month compared with 7.8 million in May.  The site is dedicated exclusively to the social network.

The site said that Facebook’s growth slump could “simply be a blip.”

“But in the years we’ve been tracking the demographic data, we’ve rarely seen a dip like this, so we would tend to favor the idea of a root cause,” it said.

“One possibility is that we’re finally seeing the backlash from heavy media attention to Facebook privacy issues — some of which were real, some the result of confusion and sensationalism,” it added.

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