How to survive a Facebook addiction
I've had a Facebook account practically since its inception. I was graduating high school when the social media site launched in 2004 and my college was one of the first to get it, so I signed up right away. It was a great way to make friends early on and I've been pretty much addicted ever since.
We all joke about Facebook addiction, don't we? Well, a new study by the University of Chicago reports that Facebook addiction is very real. As in: Facebook is more addictive than cigarettes which honestly worries me a bit.
Although I could never officially quit Facebook, I decided that a "social media-free weekend" was a good first step to take.
I picked a random weekend and committed to turning off all of my electronics for the entire time. It started, officially, after work on a Friday and didn't end until Sunday night. My plan was to stay off all of my social media sites, but Facebook in particular, for the entire time.
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It was really difficult at first. I'm used to spending some time on the weekends catching up with friends and family on Facebook. I enjoy browsing through photos, reading updates and wishing people "happy birthday" online. I read once that the first thing many people do when they wake up is check their Facebook page and email. I was definitely one of those people and it felt weird to not be able to do that.
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But you know what? I survived. No tragedies happened during my Facebook break and I was able to catch up when I came back. Instead of spending countless weekend hours flipping through virtual photo albums, I was able to get a lot of stuff done around the house. Next time I'm feeling like I'm spending too much time on Facebook, I'm going to take a couple hours and distract myself with something else—like connecting with my family in person instead of online. After all, if the first step is admitting you have a problem, the next step is actually doing something about it.
Do you ever feel that you have a social media addiction? What do you do about it?
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