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By Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Do you spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or feel the urge to use Facebook more and more? Do you become restless or troubled if you’re unable to log on? Experts say a “yes” answer means you might be addicted.

In a new study, Harvard researchers found that talking about yourself online is as good as a great meal, making out, and money – well not really but your brain thinks so.

“People like to disclose about themselves, they like to talk about themselves. The science can’t lie about that if the brain has a lot of neuro activity then it’s clearly responding for a reason,” says Bala Cynwyd addiction psychologist, Dr. Jeremy Frank.

The Harvard study says Facebook reflects the reality that 30 to 40 percent of human conversation is devoted to telling others about what we did. Women, young people and the socially awkward are more at risk of developing a Facebook addiction.

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