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Social Networking Addiction Brought to Life in New Novel


Nnamdi Godson Osuagwu explores the global phenomenon of Facebook Addiction and puts a human touch on a new epidemic that is estimated to affect millions of people worldwide.

New York, NY, December 01, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Today, author Nnamdi Godson Osuagwu releases Facebook Addiction: The Life and Times of Social Networking Addicts, the first fictional novel to address what doctors and experts are calling Social Networking Addiction. The book takes a satiric look into the lives of twelve individuals who have entered into rehab (“Social Networking Anonymous”) to help kick their habit. Each chapter is the testimony of one of these individuals, all reflecting the vivid and creative imagination of the author. Recognizing the overall seriousness of this issue, Osuagwu collaborated with the New York Daily News to provide real life accounts of Facebook addiction gone wrong. The characters crafted by Osuagwu accompanied by the news articles from the Daily News provide a balance to the book and offer comfort to the reader that the author did take time to research his subject. In a recent interview with the NBC affiliate station in Philadelphia, PA (WCAU-TV - http://www.TheFacebookAddiction.com/links/nbc10), Osuagwu reinforced this point stating, “Even though it’s fictional, we really wanted it to mirror reality.” For the last several weeks leading up to the release Osuagwu has been posting real-life articles and entries from users worldwide via his Facebook Addiction Blog (http://www.TheFacebookAddiction.com/blog).

It appears that the timing of this project could not have been better with the influx of new “social technology” in the forms of devices, applications and networks. Whether it’s MySpace or Twitter with the accompanying user applications for “smart phones” like Blackberry and I-Phone, people are connecting with each other with unprecedented frequency and ease. In only five years since its creation, Facebook has expanded globally with over 300 million active users, more than half of whom log in daily. According to the research firm Hitwise, Facebook is now the number one online social network in the US and recent ratings from media research giant Nielsen show that it has garnered the same position in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. As the phenomenon continues to grow (time spent on social networking sites has tripled in the last year according to Nielsen figures), doctors and behavioral specialists fear that people are losing touch with reality and consuming themselves in this new online world. Osuagwu expresses similar concern saying, “In doing my research I realized just how extreme this addiction can become. In some individuals it can substitute drugs and alcohol as another form of escapism. “

In congruence with the timeliness and innovation of Facebook Addiction, Nnamdi Godson Osuagwu has planned a three-day global online release celebration. The Global Online Book Release Party will commence on Friday, December 4th and continue through Sunday, December 6th, allowing participants to not only follow Osuagwu’s exploits from their homes but to share their own experiences online throughout the weekend.

Access to the weekend’s festivities will be available through a Facebook Fan Page (http://www.TheGlobalPartyOnline.com) and Osuagwu is encouraging those who can join him in person and users worldwide to share photos and videos of themselves. Osuagwu states, "In the wake of the current economic climate, I decided to do something different with this project. Facebook is a global social networking website; it makes sense that the book release party for the first fictional book about Facebook is global in nature." He continues, "Simply put, more people are staying home and finding alternative ways for entertainment due to the recession. This Party will be a uniquely fun way to connect."

This book is a classic example of a writer using his imagination to create art only to realize through the process how close to reality his art would land. Facebook Addiction is the first of what is sure to be many literary works based on the fascinating world of Facebook.

Title: Facebook Addiction: The Life and Times of Social Networking Addicts
ISBN: 978-0-9797480-3-5 Format: 5 x 8 paperback Genre: Fiction SRP: $9.95
Publisher: Ice Cream Melts Publishing
About the Author
Nnamdi Godson Osuagwu is the author of "Ice Cream Melts," a well-received book of poetry on the processes of life's high points transitioning into low points. He is also the author of "A Souvenir for My Mom: First Hand Accounts from the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration," which is a collection of interviews and firsthand accounts of the feelings and experiences of the people that attended the historic event. For more information on the author and his works, visit http://www.IceCreamMelts.com/nnamdi.

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