I gotta tell you. I’ve been addicted to something (Coke Zero, bargains….) and I’ve worked with those who are addicted to stuff. Everyone is addicted to something.
According to CNN, you know you’re a Facebook addict when
1. You lose sleep over Facebook
2. You spend more than an hour a day on Facebook.
3. You become obsessed with old loves
4. You ignore work in favor of Facebook
5. The thought of getting off Facebook leaves you in a cold sweat
Well, I’m sure many of us have gone through the ‘newlywed’ phase of Facebook. The idea of reconnecting with what now seems to be a simpler time in our lives, is appealing. It’s almost an even playing field when we find someone we haven’t seen in 20 years and they also have a muffin top or less hair.
And, really, the Facebook addiction, much like the blogging addiction, is realy a bad thing only when it become you and the realities of your life such as working to pay the bills.
The folks at Wiki want you to know that if you are addicted, they have some tips for your cure.
Maybe your affinity for Facebook began with a simple desire to keep in touch with your friends, or make new ones online. Or perhaps you were just bored. But now Facebook is the thorn in your side, and possibly a bona fide addiction. If you’re finding it difficult to spend an hour of your waking life without checking or thinking about Facebook, you may be looking for a way out. This is it.
Admit you have a problem and keep track of what you actually do on Facebook. After every Facebook session, ask yourself: “What did I just accomplish by checking Facebook?” Odds are, you’re probably just logging in to see if you’ve been poked, or for updates of when your friends change their profile image, write a new note, add a new song to their favorite music, and do other little things that you can really live without knowing. But those might be the little things that keep you on a very short leash. At first you’re confirming a new friend, and next thing you know, you’ve spent an hour looking at all the new people you’re connected to. Recording your Facebook activities can help you realize how much time you actually spend getting nothing constructive done.
Stay in touch with college friends – Check every other day, spend no more than 15 minutes responding to messages only from college friends. (1 hour per week)
Maintain my group – Check every morning and evening for 10 minutes each, only to remove any spam or junk. Note to self: do not respond to posts, comments or messages during this time. (2 hours, 20 minutes per week)
Keep my group interesting – Spend 30 minutes every other day reading all of the comments and responding. (2 hours per week)
Finding new friends – Browse profiles for 30 minutes, twice a week. (1 hour per week)
Total maximum time I plan to spend on Facebook: 6 hours, 20 minutes.
pick up a part time job and invest that money in stocks
teach a child how to throw a football
build a gas scooter or an adobe wall
calculate the center of gravity
Read a book
teach yourself a new language
make a papasan chair cushion
If you’ve gotten into the habit of using Facebook messages instead of email, update your email address book so you can get in touch with your friends next week and continue your correspondence outside of Facebook.
Send an email to your Facebook contacts explaining your decision to leave. Include your current contact information so they can get in touch with you without Facebook.
Remove every single friend from your friends list.
If you’ve started any groups, transfer admin rights to someone you trust.
Leave all your networks and groups.
Delete all your photo albums.
Delete all messages on your wall.
Delete all Comments you’ve made.
Delete all your messages, both sent and received.
Clear every last bit of information from your profile. Don’t forget to remove your photo!
Deactivate your account.
Delete all your “friends” – unless you want to show the World you’re quitting for good.
Change the profile’s name – you can do that. Be sure to choose something really lousy.
Fill it up with offensive content – texts, dubious pics and all.
State clearly that FaceBook employees are just a bunch of – beep – beep – beep – fill in the beeps with the most politically incorrect insults.
Invite lots of randomly picked people to become your “friends”.
Stay away from the computer as much as you can. For many of us, getting in front of a monitor is a default activity. Try to find other things to do that’ll keep you away from the computer and therefore, Facebook. Keep a notebook. Meditate. Finger weave. Learn to do impressive tricks with a tech deck. Call your friends on the phone or do something fun with them in person. Anything that you can do anywhere and for short periods of time is good.
If you’re at a computer during critical relapse times, find another website to log onto and read instead of Facebook. Yes, you may get addicted to that instead, so try to find something that’s actually a constructive pursuit, like checking news websites, learning a new word each day, sharpening your mental skills by solving a sudoku, practicing that foreign language you decided to learn, or contributing to the How-to Manual Anyone Can Edit.
- Keep a list of your Facebook schedule (if you have one) and your non-Facebook goals with you and in front of you at all times.
- Once you’ve discovered your capacity for being addicted to Facebook, you should probably avoid other social networking sites like MySpace.
- As with any task that involves discipline, it always helps to do it with a friend. One option is to have a trusted family member or friend do this for you.
- For those who found out you can re-activate your account, try this before you de-activate your account: Open up notepad and type in some random text (lskdjfd). Login to Facebook and change your password. Copy the text that you just typed in notepad in the password fields and change your password. Deactivate your account, and clear your clipboard history.
- If you are looking for a way to actively decrease the frequency of your Facebook visits, change your password to a long string of numbers. Write this down on a piece of paper, and place it somewhere that is annoying to reach or out of reach. This way, whenever you want to log on, you will need to dig out the paper for your password. This is to deter you from logging on by making it a chore. If you start to remember the numbers, just repeat the process.
- To keep updated about your Facebook friends’ status updates, subscribe to your friends’ status updates RSS feed in your email program or other RSS reader that you already use. For example, you can get this feed in MS Outlook 2007 where you can read what your friends are up to along with your email. This eliminates one major reason people regularly log in to Facebook.
- Stop using facebook mobile to update your status etc. Uninstall it from your phone if you have a downloaded version (ie. iPhone, Palm etc.)
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