Do you display signs of someone with a Facebook addiction?
Almost everyone is into Facebook in some shape or form. Be it for personal or business social networking. Some people perceive Facebook as a blessing where as others perceive it as burden, but the truth remains that Facebook is taking over the world. It is a crazy drug where everyone is constantly logged on to it irrespective of the fact that they have work or school or they do not have anything to do. It is considered a cyber-drug where millions of people are becoming addicts by the day. Because there are so many things you can do in Facebook, it’s not surprising one can spend more time in here than anywhere else. The problem is Facebook addiction can get in the way of normal life. For some it can become much easier to build online relationships than personal ones. It can reduce your work effectiveness and for some it can lead to depression and anxiety even just for a day.
So even if a community like Facebook serves numerous advantages, it can also prove to have certain disadvantages as well. Arguments regarding the different advantages and disadvantages of Facebook are stated below.
• Allows user search for new and old friends
• Makes it less awkward when communicating with strangers or individuals you are not familiar with
• Love attraction – can be used as a dating service system
• Makes it easier to join groups having similar likes and dislikes
• Weakens long distance relationships
• Unsupported by physical adjacency
• Contributes wide-range procrastination
• Rampant addiction
• Stalking is possible
• Acquaintances be labelled as friends
Here are a handful of symptoms or signs of Facebook addiction.
1. Do you put off important work or use your study time to browse through Facebook and go through the photos that have been uploaded by various friends and family?
2. Do you have the occasional rift or argument with your partner or significant other about changing your relationship status where you might officially want to declare you are dating and in a relationship?
3. Do you tend to check your profile at least 3 times a day? Do you wake up in the morning and/or retire early to bed often browsing the site?
4. Do you update your status at least 3 times a day, so the whole world knows what is happening with you.
Does any of the above apply to you?
There’s nothing wrong with using Facebook, but its worth considering how to effectively manage your uncontrollable urge to check it all the time. Though it may take a while before you can get rid of this addiction, you can definitely do it. Begin with the following tips:
1) Reduce Facebook tracking. You can gradually reduce the number of times you open your Facebook account. For example, instead of opening it every 10 minutes, you can do so every 30, then every hour, then every other day, until you can survive not opening it at all.
2) Consider other alternatives. Substitute the time you spend on Facebook with something else. Rather than sitting there for hours, you can go to the gym or take a stroll around the neighbourhood. You can pamper yourself by going to the spa.
3) Meet up with your friends. You can utilise Facebook to keep in touch with your friends and schedule meet-ups. After all, the main reason why you’re using Facebook is you want to reach out to people, especially those you haven’t met for a very long time.
4) An excellent Facebook addiction self-help is to download applications that can block the social networking website. You can activate it during those times when you need to work or attend to a very important chore.
5) Buy a mobile phone with no Internet capabilities. The truth is you don’t really need a mobile phone with Internet capabilities. When you have to stay connected, you can always look for a café. Besides, non-Internet-capable phones are way cheaper and don’t tempt you to download Facebook applications.
6) Your friends and family members can help you eliminate your addiction only if you allow them to. Share your feelings and ask for moral support.
When the addictive behaviours are acknowledged by a therapist or other mental health professional it can help an individual take steps to address the compulsive behaviours and regain the ability to use the Internet/social media in a healthy way. Thus, the goal of treatment is usually not complete abstinence.