Students go to great lengths to use social media websites - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Students go to great lengths to use social media websites

Posted: Updated:

 Addiction is everywhere...from alcoholism to cigarettes. But, what about addiction to Facebook?

It's a common habit, where young adults from the age of 18 to 24 plug into technology to see what the rest of the world is doing.

"I'm on Facebook and Twitter everyday like first thing when I wake up and especially when I'm supposed to be studying for finals I'm on Twitter…it's addicting," said Denise Marindilla, a freshman at Angelina College.

Most people say they use social media websites to deal with boredom. But, licensed professional counselor Deborah Burton says the habit can lead to dependency.

"It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between boredom and the need to know or the addictive quality to it and I think you're…people want to be doing something all the time and it's always there. It's always available. And I think people develop habits," said Dr. Deborah Burton, a licensed professional conselor at the Counseling Center of East Texas.

Nearly 50 percent of the population checks Facebook before they even roll out of bed in the morning.

"That's a big problem that a lot of the younger generation has is not being able to have face time to talk to…it's easier to send a message and say hey what have you been doing?" said Alicia Wilkerson, a freshman at Angelina College.

Studies show that 32 percent of college students will even take their phones into the bathroom to log into Facebook.

Dr. Burton says this is all because of our constant need to know.

"We have it at our fingertips now so it's hard to resist. You know you hear the old adage curiosity killed the cat…but it's just a need to know what's going on today…what's happening," Dr. Burton said.

 Copyright 2012 KTRE. All rights reserved.       

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:20:32 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.