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Am I Addicted to Facebook?

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It is easy to get caught-up in Facebook. Checking in with friends, looking at pictures, watching videos

  • before you realize it hours have gone by. But how can you tell when you are on it too much, if you are addicted to Facebook?

    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.