Not getting a lot done? When was the last time you were on Facebook today? Chances are you just put down your phone. Addiction comes in many forms, so it is of no surprise we are now in the generation of social media becoming one of them! Facebook addiction is not a funny matter as it is a real addiction that affects many people.
It isn’t comfortable having an addiction to something that is out of the norm. We have heard of drug and alcohol addiction or even sex addiction in our time but to expand into social media is something new. Facebook addiction is real and can affect you and your productivity
How Facebook Decreases Productivity
We all check our social media sites throughout our day. But when it is obsessive and could jeopardize your job, then a real problem exists. About 60% to 80% of Americans go online throughout their day for no real purpose. If you own a business, it is likely that your employees are spending more time on their social media accounts during the day than on their jobs. This could cost the companies around $35 million per year. If you own a small business, it could be the reason your company isn’t successful and will need to close its doors.
If you are an employer, it is best to manage your employee’s time on their computers regarding social media. Allowing them only access to sites other than their social accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will keep their focus on their jobs. This can be done through your internet carrier.
Signs You Have a Facebook Addiction
Studies have shown that about 18% of social media users can’t go longer than a few hours without going online. Also, 61% check their Facebook news feed a minimum of once a day. But how can you tell if you or someone you know has a Facebook addiction? Check out some signs to look for.
Your Phone Is Always with You
You have your eyes glued to your phone and scrolling on your news feed. This doesn’t stop when you are with family and friends. They are constantly battling your phone for attention, but you would much rather be with your news feed than to talk to real live people. This is the beginning stage of Facebook addiction.
Facebook Greets You Day and Night
You wake up, and you’re immediately checking out the news feed. Not even a cup of coffee or even a trip to the bathroom can stop you. When night time hits, it is the last thing you look at before you go to sleep. This is not just a problem for you if you’re single, but if you’re married, this can cause problems in your relationship.
Your Only News is Facebook News
There is a lot going on in the world, but all you are focusing on is what is being told on the Facebook news feed. This is not a healthy way to keep abreast on what is going on beyond social media. The news on Facebook can hardly be considered news and adds to the disconnected reality a person with a Facebook addiction already has.
Facebook Is Always On
Whether you have it on your phone or your computer, it isn’t ever logged off—at no time do you shut it down for the day. You are instinctively going to it because it is always on. Rarely are you not active on Facebook.
Draining Your Battery
When you look in the settings of your phone, the battery usage displays that the most used app is Facebook. If your percentage is over half of the battery power, this is a sign you can’t stay away from Facebook.
Your So-Called Friends on Facebook
Some of us only use Facebook to be in touch with family and some friends we know. But there are extreme users that have over 1,000 friends they honestly don’t know. This is obsessive and shows they crave popularity even though it is with people they don’t even know. Check out the number of friends you have. If you have more than half that you don’t know, then this is not your true friends list—it is a fake representation.
Have You Become a Stalker?
Probably never thought of yourself as a stalker before but this is something that happens when you have a Facebook addiction. You use it to find old friends be it girlfriends, boyfriends or ones from your childhood. It is creepy because you are not trying to friend them to make contact; you are just following them to see what they are up to. This is very unhealthy because you are not interacting but just observing and it affects your social skills.
Logging in Instinctively
You’re programmed to instinctively launch or log into Facebook the minute you turn on your computer and open your browser. You might not even be aware of how many times you do this throughout your day.
Breaking Up with Facebook
The first step as with any addiction is admitting you have a problem. This will open the door to find the help you need. The goal is to break away from Facebook and go on with your life. But this must be done gradually in baby steps.
Deactivate on a Gradient
This is one of the most important steps to combating your addiction. Since it is hard with any addict to quit straight off and it can be dangerous, doing this on a gradient is key. This is the first active step towards battling this problem. Get yourself offline for a week in the beginning. Don’t freak out but tell yourself it is only for one week. During this week find other things away from social media to do. This would be a good time to reconnect with your friends and family. They will assist you in this and want to help.
Sift Through Your Liked Pages
Remember all the pages you liked in the hours and hours you scrolled through the news feed. Well, it is now time to go through those and only keep the ones you really like. We like pages so it might bring more friends to our profiles. This is another way of fueling our addiction. Unlike those pages and find out what you truly want to see on your news feed.
If you are unsure how to do this, just go to your liked pages under Facebook.com. You can select them only one at a time to delete them, but that will help you learn more about what you like and not feed your addiction.
Go Through Your Friend List
This will be a challenging step. It is hard to let go even with people you don’t know or rarely talk to. It is like pouring your last bit of alcohol out and deciding never to drink again. You are deleting these so-called friends that at one point made you feel on top of the world. Not because you knew them and they spoke to you, but because their name on your friend list made you feel special. It was like you knew them. This was a fake friendship and one you need to not keep around you.
Also, it is best when deleting those friends on Facebook, that you delete ones you haven’t interacted with for over a year. This doesn’t apply to the family as much for they might be farther away in another country or something and can’t be in touch as often. Let go of your past and live in the present when it comes to friends and Facebook.
Using Your Self-Control
You might not think you have a problem yet and would like to try to not take drastic measures. Should this be the case, there is always demonstrating self-discipline. If you can do so, then limit your Facebook time to a maximum of twice a day for 20 minutes each time.
You can take steps to get your Facebook addiction under control. It is something you can manage if you try. Take time to gradually cut yourself off so you can see for yourself how much production you can get done when not constantly online. Facebook addiction is like any other addiction and can be helped if the person sees they need it.
Being productive lends to our sense of purpose in life. Doing our jobs and taking care of our families are important and should never be replaced with social media. We need to be there for not only our families but for ourselves and help each other. You can only get that help in real life, not on Facebook.
As with any addiction, deciding to live a healthier life and taking the steps to achieve that goal can be difficult and even uncomfortable. However, you can take comfort in the fact that nobody looks back on such a decision with regret.