(CNN) — One day recently, Cynthia Newton’s 12-year-old daughter asked her for help with homework, but Newton didn’t want to help her, because she was too busy on Facebook. So her daughter went upstairs to her room and sent an e-mail asking her for help, but Newton didn’t see the e-mail, because, well, she was too busy on Facebook.
The problem exists when a Facebook user crosses the line from social networking into social dysfunction.
“I’m an addict. I just get lost in Facebook,” Newton said. “My daughter gets so PO’d at me, and really it is kind of pathetic. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. I just get so sucked in.”
Newton (that’s not her real name; she’s embarrassed by her Facebook use and requested anonymity) says she spends about 20 hours a week on the social networking site, half the time for work — she runs an online business — and half just for fun. She’s tried to cut down on her Facebook use but failed.