Facebook Addiction: Do You Have It?

Sunday, May 13, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 4 Comments

Yes, a lot of people have a Facebook addiction! They are logged in ten hours a day, they check their Facebook accounts even when they’re mobile, and they constantly use Facebook even when their jobs – and social life – are starting to get affected. The question is, are YOU addicted to Facebook and are you willing to do something about it?

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Of course, this begs the question, do you have a Facebook addiction? Is your Facebook usage doesn’t have a negative impact on your career or your social life. How many minutes do you spend there? Are you constantly logged on, checking once in a while if you have any updates? Are you addicted to Facebook? Do you get a guilty sense of pleasure whenever your post or picture gets a thumbs-up from your friends?

Facebook: Don’t Let It Run Your Life

Although it’s fun to stay in touch with friends on Facebook, you should know when to draw the line. Make sure you manage your Facebook life by, uh, not letting it run your life! Here are a few things that you can do, concrete suggestions that just might help you overcome your Facebook addiction.

  • Use an alarm to limit your Facebook usage. No, this is not the same as telling yourself that you have to use Facebook for just two hours. Having an actual alarm that sets off after a certain amount of time reinforces your decision to stop using Facebook. And the more you follow through by constantly using an alarm, the more you feel rewarded. Continue reading for the rest of the list.
  • Make a list of the things you would have done today if you didn’t spend the entire day on Facebook. You would have gone window-shopping, had coffee with your friends, watched a movie you’ve been dying to see, or cleaned your room – if only you weren’t on Facebook the entire day!
  • Get your friends and family to support your decision. Your boyfriend or girlfriend should know you’re trying to stay away from Facebook. Your parents shouldn’t be asking you to log on to Facebook and see if their friends have uploaded the vacation pictures yet. As is the case with any addiction, you need the support of your loved ones.
  • For every extra hour you spend on Facebook, do something you hate (something that is actually good for you). If you are stubborn about using Facebook round the clock, then it’s time to use a punishment system – but you can do this to do good instead of merely berating yourself! For instance, for every extra hour on Facebook, you have to skip one sinful dessert that day, or spend ten minutes cleaning up your inbox, or anything else you hate doing but which you know will be good for you.

It’s ironic that Facebook is a social media platform when in fact, it can make you anti-social in real life and even online - if you dole out hateful comments and behave like a troll.

It takes change to overcome an addiction. Facebook addiction may seem harmless, until ten years later when you realize you’ve spent majority of your life online! In fact, Facebook can be bad for your health.

If you have a Facebook addiction, I hope these suggestions have helped you. If you know someone who has a Facebook addiction, share this write-up with him. It’s just ironic that you just might share this on his Facebook wall, just to get his attention. Disappointed smile

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and a cat welfare column in The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene. Add her to your circles.

4 comments:

  1. i was addicted to facebook during classes, pero now it's vacation, pinagsawa-an ko na somehow. :)

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  2. I don't think an alarm clock would be effective on me because of the snooze function.... hahaha

    Great post again, keep 'em coming :)

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  3. Athena, good for you! I myself can't seem to get through the day without at least checking my Facebook wall. LOL!

    SWN, thanks, but look who's talking! :)

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  4. Nice tips! Thank God I manage to cutback on FB and just use it to reconnect and earn extra. =)

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