If you’ve been wondering if you’re addicted to Facebook, you’ll want to ask yourself the following questions:
Do you play more than one game? Games on Facebook are designed to do one thing: keep you on Facebook. If you are addicted to Facebook, you are most likely gambling. Games like Farmville are fun and thought to be addictive. They reward you the longer you play and make you feel compelled to log back in and take care of your crops. If you’re playing a game like Mob Wars, you’re tempted to log back in and take another hit. These games are gigantic time-eaters and you won’t realize how much time you’ve accumulated playing them until the day is over and you’re not out!
Do you check your News Feed more than twice a day? It’s good to keep up with your friends and what they’re up to, but a few times a day should be more than enough. Check it once at the beginning of the day so you can see what you missed while you slept, and check it one more time towards the end of the day to see what people have done that day. If you’re parked in front of the News Feed like a CNN News ticker, you should go out and live your own life instead of watching other people live theirs.
Do you post more than one update a day? Most likely, they are not post-worthy. Life is full of minutiae and if you constantly post what you ate for lunch, you probably aren’t very popular in other people’s news. Try to get in the habit of doing something fun every day and posting about it. This way you can be sure that you are not addicted to Facebook and that you are having a good time. People will enjoy your updates and they will know that you have a healthy lifestyle.
Are you still interacting with your friends in the real world? Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends when you can’t be around them in person. But if you’ve started to replace human interaction with Facebook contact, then it’s time to schedule face-to-face time with your friends. Real time face to face. See if they want to watch a movie or have a cup of coffee. If they are too far away to meet them, give them a call. Facebook posts are fine, but nothing beats hearing the voice of a good friend from time to time.
Do you visit more than a few profiles a day? You shouldn’t have the need to check the profiles of more than a few people a day. If you find yourself wandering without thinking about people’s profiles, it’s time to cut the cord and get on with your life.