With symptoms similar to substance addiction, people between six and 25 years of age are most vulnerable to becoming addicted to social networks, said the expert Martha Catalina Perez Gonzalez.
The deputy director of the Center for Psychological Evaluation and Research of the University Center of Health Sciences (CUCS) pointed out that this age group was directed to an all marketing structure since they were small to have a cell phone and social network.
In this regard, Francisco José Gutiérrez Rodríguez, director of the Center for Psychological Evaluation and Research, explained that "this does not mean that people over 25 are safe, anyone can generate this addiction."
Unfortunately there are no figures on how many social networking addicts there are, "partial studies have been done at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), but cannot be conclusive. There is even right now, a program for attention to social networking addicts," he said.
He explained that addiction to social networks can be understood as a series of behavioral patterns, where for the person it becomes essential to use different technological means to include them.
In addition to the messaging service, chat and new technologies that assimilate connection through different means.
He stressed that it is considered an addiction when these activities interfere with the course of the normal life of the subject, social, labor and education.
He said those most at risk to fall into this addiction are those who have difficulty interacting with others, who have social skills deficit or a divorce established with members of the family.
"These are people who have problems with impulse control and have a hard time moderating the rational use of new technologies," he said.
In addition to promoting social skills face to face, courtship, seduction, conversation and courtesy, Gutiérrez Rodríguez concluded.