How To Avoid Facebook Addiction

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facebook-at-workFacebook is one of the most popular social media platforms out there and because of how interactive it can be, it can become incredibly addictive.

Have you ever had a hard time stepping away from the network?

Is it the first thing you check in the morning and the last thing you check before bed?

You might have an addiction to the social network and not even realize it.

Articles like this one talk about the dangers of Facebook addiction and how you can get out from underneath it. In this article, we’re going to do the same.

How do I know I’m addicted?

There are several ways to know that you are addicted.

–        You start seeing dysfunction in your socialization.

–        You obsess over Facebook (check it when you get up, check it when you go to bed, checking it many times throughout the day).

–        If you are not on Facebook, you go through “withdrawal.”

–        You use Facebook to hide from reality.

–        You use Facebook to get stuck in the past.

If these apply to you, you may be addicted to Facebook, and you may want to start doing things to try and get out of those habits. If you just want to get more likes or fans to your business account, check out this website for more info.

So how do I break it?

There are several ways that you can try to eliminate Facebook addiction. These are definitely not inclusive, but they are a great start. Note: They can also apply to any other technology addiction that you may be dealing with, so feel free to apply it wherever necessary.

–        Get disconnected for a day. Put your phone away, get away from the computer, and disconnect. After a bit, you’ll realize how much stress being on Facebook all the time gave you, and how much more time you’ll feel like you have.

–        Give up Facebook for a certain period of time. Some people don’t use Facebook for the summer, others give it up for Lent (or some other religious reasons), others avoid social media when they have family or friends in town. A couple days away can be a good thing and can break you out of habitual behavior.

–        Prioritize and set limits. What’s important on Facebook? Do you absolutely have to respond to everything? Do you have to post a note every day (if so, get a blog, you’ll get more readers). Do you have to take your turn in Words with Friends? Prioritize, and set yourself to a certain number of activities on Facebook per day (I can only go on for a total of a half an hour, I can only do three tasks an hour on Facebook, etc).

–        Get out and do something! Instead of posting back and forth with your friends, go see them. Get in your car and go hang out with them. Then, you’re out of the house, too, and it’s a lot more fun to play video games or catch a movie than it is to post at each other on a website!

Facebook addiction can be overcome with some patience. It’s not like anyone means to get addicted; the ease of access that technology has can hook us in and keep us there. So, push forward and break free!

Danny Smith loves Facebook for connecting with friends and also for promoting his business.  And he often shares photos and videos from his time spent surfing, a favorite pastime. 

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