People who use the social media site to meet new friends are the most dependent on Facebook, says a new study.
The more people use the social media site to fulfill their goals, the more dependent on it they become, the study said.
However, Facebook dependency - whether it is for news, games or meeting new people - is not necessarily bad as it is not equivalent to an addiction, the study explained.
‘If your aim of using Facebook is meeting new people, you are dependent on Facebook, says a new study.’
The study involved as many as 301 Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 68 who post on the site at least once a month.
The study also found people who use Facebook to gain a deeper understanding of themselves tend to have agreeable personalities. People in the category also have lower self-esteem than others.
"They might post that they went to the gym. Maybe they will share a post expressing a certain political stance or personal challenge they are facing. They rely on feedback from Facebook friends to better understand themselves," said one of the researchers Amber Ferris, assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron's Wayne College in Ohio, US.
The results were presented at the National Communication Association conference in Las Vegas, US.