Well, that’s a good question, isn’t it?
More than 500 million active users spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
10 Signs of Facebook addiction
- I check my Facebook the first thing in the morning
- I check my Facebook on my way to work
- I take my smartphone to the bathroom
- I think about Facebook in meetings
- I count my “like it’s” every day
- I read the same posts 5 times
- I can’t wait to be online again
- I check who is online all the time
- I hear quotes for my status when I talk to my friends, listen to the radio or watch TV
- I check my Facebook before I close my eyes at night
I know that’s not you, but maybe you know someone like that
What can you do?
Addiction like anything else is dangerous and will rob you from your freedom.
It’s time to detox
To detox means to get the poison out of your system.
The poison of Facebook addiction is fear, voyeurism, low self-esteem, boredom, … you name it.
You detox by taking the antidote for a while.
Example: If you fear to miss something on Facebook. Focus on your life and it’s richness. Activate your own life and go do something with your “real” friends.
Example: If your poisen is voyerism, start sharing more than you read from others. Lock down your news feed!
Example: If your poison is boredom – start a hobby!
If you feel pressured form Facebook – it’s not because Facebook is bad – it only brings out what’s already inside of you.
Create a Vision
- Positivity: Think about what you like about Facebook
- Intentional: Focus on the benefits and limit your use of those elements
- Scheduling: Limit your daily Facebook time
- Accountability: Ask a friend to check on you
Tip: I use HootSuite to schedule some of my daily posts. This get’s my posts out and I don’t have to login and get in the danger of getting distracted.
This and more is what I talk about in the Social Media Workshop.
- Question: What’s your Facebook vision?