Facebook addiction more likely in men?

A systematic review of 31 studies on “uses and abuses” of Facebook found that individuals experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness may find accessing the social media network mood-enhancing.

Analysis of the five studies examining gender in relation to Facebook suggested men prefer to use it to expand their social networks whereas women prefer to use it to keep up with existing contacts.

Previous research has linked Internet addiction with a “tendency to prefer communicating with new online friends”, the researchers said.

“It is possible that men may be more likely to fail to regulate their online communication and become addicted to Facebook,” they wrote.

However, they noted that studies show women are heavier uses of the site.

Nine studies assessing Facebook addiction suggested that it was associated with being a heavy user but also being male, being highly educated and experiencing