Am I Addicted to Facebook?
It is easy to get caught-up in Facebook. Checking in with friends, looking at pictures, watching videos
wikiHow lists several warning signs. They include:
- Facebook is the first thing you check when you wake up and the last thing you check before you go to bed.
- All you want to do is to be on Facebook; not being on it causes you anxiety.
- You can't go more than a day without checking Facebook.
- You check it multiple times a day.
- You have tons of Facebook "friends," yet you still feel lonely.
If you fall into these categories, don't worry, you are not doomed to a life of staring at nonsensical status updates for the rest of your life. There is a way to break your addiction, and it doesn't mean giving up Facebook cold turkey.
- Start going onto Facebook with a goal. Just don't wander aimlessly. If you're just going to answer messages, just do that. If you want to poke a few people, just do that, then sign off.
- Try giving up Facebook for a special occasion, be it summer vacation, an event you are planning, or even Lent.
- Don't frequently change your status. No one cares that you just ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, anyway.
- Stop trying to accumulate friends just for the sake of having as many friends as possible.
- Stop using Facebook as a verb (I'll Facebook you later).
- Start spending time with friends in real life instead of in the virtual world.
If you follow these tips, you will go a long way in loosening the vise grip that Facebook has on your life.