EVERY half an hour, you find your fingers invariably typing Facebook log in on the search engine. You browse for a few minutes, type a few comments to friends’ photographs. Post an old college picture and wait for the comments to come. Share a video and watch the number of likes. You log out with a certain guilt lingering on your mind and a determination that you shall not touch it for the rest of the day. Yet, after half an hour, you are doing it again.
Yes, you are a Facebook addict. And just like any other addiction, this is elating at first and frustrating later. Also, just like every other addiction, you ought to push brakes before it kills a lot of your creativity. The biggest problem with Facebook addiction is that it totally kills your time. You keep thinking about issues which aren’t even important. The time you could have used for amusement, creativity or recreation is practically spent on Facebook.
What can you do? It is so tempting, compulsive and addictive. It almost always grips you and leaves you tied to it. There are things that you can practically do to fight off this addiction. Lets check them out:
Keep a maximum limit: Make a maximum limit of being on Facebook. Say once or twice a day. Do it religiously. You can check it in the morning and in the evening once. That way, you wont lose out on the updates of your friends while you also don’t waste a lot of your time. In addition, keep a maximum limit to the time spent on Facebook also. Make it 10 to 15 minutes each time. So you don’t end up wasting more than 30 minutes a day on it.
Read online: Instead of typing Facebook on Google, type a newspaper name or a blog name like The Times of India, The Hindu or Tech Crunch or Siliconindia. These area some of the great websites for amusing reads and information. Reading always adds to our personality and being aware is an asset.
Comment on blogs: One addiction that we all have invariably with Facebook is to want to comment on Facebook so badly. So replace that with commenting on useful or informative blogs. That way, you will make friends that would be great influence on your reading habits.
Keep a book/kindle: Always keeps a light book on your desk or carry your kindle with you to the office. Every time you crave for Facebook and resolve to read a few pages from the book. That would mean you have spent the time reading not Facebooking.
Chat up: Chatting with colleagues is way better than Facebook. You connect with people at a more personal level. So fight off the craving by walking down to a colleague’s cabin, find out what he or she is doing, exchange information or just a word of greeting.
Take a walk: Taking a walk is always great for health. Use the Facebook time to take a light stroll across your office premises. Physically fight off a craving is always more effective than virtual ones.
Draw, sing, paint: If you have any inclination for music or arts, use a few minutes of your daily life in pursuing your interest like drawing, singing, painting or playing an instrument. Most IT companies have recreation facilities like music and recreation rooms etc. Use these facilities to fight against Facebook addiction.
Every addiction has a foe. The above ways are just some of the foes that your addiction can face every day. Don’t give up too soon. And always use things in moderation. Anything extremely addictive is never healthy.