Lettia Smith admits she's a Facebook addict, but says it hasn't made her a recluse from reality.
Lettia Smith admits she's a Facebook addict, but says it hasn't made her a recluse from reality. Sarah Harvey

Facebook fanatic 'is addicted'

WHEN Lettia Smith says she's a “little bit” addicted to Facebook, she isn't joking.

The 26-year-old has chalked up a staggering 1210 “friends” since she joined the social networking site only two years ago.

The Gatton resident said she easily spends about 12 hours a week on the popular site - but insists she isn't a recluse and that she uses the website mainly to keep in contact with far-flung friends.

She spoke to The Queensland Times after a leading neuroscientist suggested Facebook could damage the brain of “addicts”.

Ms Smith laughed off the claims.

“It's quite addictive but I don't think it has changed me at all,” she said.

The neuroscientist revealed in her findings that social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo shorten attention spans, make younger people self-centred and encourage instant gratification.

But Ms Smith said this couldn't be further from the truth labelling the study as “rubbish”.

“I jump on Facebook about three times a day just to check my status and check up on what everyone else is doing and then about three or four times a week I'm on there for a few hours just using the applications and chatting to my friends,” she said.

“It just gives me something to do when I'm sitting at home alone bored and at least I get to chat to all my friends still.”

Ms Smith said she knew almost every one of her Facebook friends except for maybe a handful.

“My aunty gets up me all the time asking me if I think I am the Queen because of all the Facebook friends I have but it's just because I have lived all over the place,” she said.

Although Ms Smith admits she is addicted to Facebook she said if she wasn't spending time throughout the day checking her friend's status updates through her mobile phone or at night on her computer she would be using another application to keep in contact with them.

“I get on it all the time just to check on everyone else's business and what they are up to and things like that,” she said.

“It's just a really good way to keep in contact with people you don't see all the time and I don't think it changes who I am.”


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