How do I control my Facebook addiction?

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  • Vaishnavi Pradhan
    Vaishnavi Pradhan   Jun 06, 2017 12:05 PM

    It’s a good thing you acknowledged this problem. We usually retreat to the comfort of the internet world when we want to escape our thoughts or have nothing else to do. Or it may simply be because all of our friends use some or the other app and let’s face it: who wants to be left out? After a while, this may become a habit and a major part of our lives.

    There is no doubt that there are many advantages to the internet. It gives our opinion a strong voice, one that makes it possible for us to be heard. So it is still possible to gain from this aspect of the internet and still have a life.

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    Now if you do not want to completely abandon the internet, you may start reducing your time spent on it by a particular time that you find manageable. This reduction of time totally depends on you; it may even be as less as 15 minutes. What matters is that you keep this habit consistent. Fill this time with other activities. Activities you loved doing but didn’t do in a while because of your addiction. This could be anything from sports to art. Remind yourself vividly how you felt while doing these activities every time you feel weak and that you need to go back to your usual ways. Even if you think you can’t do anything else, just sit for a while and reflect on what you had been planning to do for some time but had procrastinated. There would be a lot of those things when you stop and think about them. Make a list of what you’re going to do today (just today!) and do a couple of those things to not feel pressurized. (This helps me a lot!)

    After a period of doing this, if you think you’re ready, you can take a “fast” from Facebook; that is going without it for a complete day. If you think you did well enough, increase the number of days without Facebook. After some days, you won’t even feel that Facebook was once a necessary part of your life.

    If you believe in yourself and be persistent enough, it can surely be possible. Hope this helps!

  • Satinder kaur
    Satinder kaur   Jun 03, 2017 07:51 PM

    Nowadays everyone is addicted to facebook, it's not a new thing.You first need to understand one thing, no one can really stop your addiction neither me or anyone. It all come from inside. Don't you want to achieve your dreams, don't you want to see what change you can create by doing hardwork in your life, don't you want to become inspiration to others, don't you want to make your parents pround. If you want to any of the above things then stop wasting your valuable time on these gizmoz. Before doing anything else learn that if you are going to change then it will not be easy if it would have been so easy then everyone would have done it. So only you have the power to change your life . Its upto you what you create out of your life . 

  • Rimi Sharma
    Rimi Sharma   Jun 01, 2017 12:52 AM

    You should know that you're not alone. There are many people who suffer from being addicted to social media. But, the good news here is that you're one of those who has realized that this is a problem and are seeking help.  

    Now, things to focus on:

    1. Why are you spending so long on one website?
    2. How can you limit your Facebook usage
    3. Possibilities of diverting your attention to other productive activities

     

    We often have seen that people indulge in sharing videos, photos, and statuses shared by other people. People who are addicted to using Facebook also claim that they are addicted to chatting and talking to various kinds of people. Whereas some other people claim to be gain knowledge from the website. I believe that not all addictions are bad. You may be learning something new, but spending so many hours on one website is surely damaging.

    Second, you have to limit the hours you're there. There are a few simple ways to do this:

    1. Get rid of the “friends” who you have no contact with. Don’t keep your profile filled with names just because the growing number looks better. This not only declutters your Facebook newsfeed but also saves your time.
    2. Get rid of the “pages” or “groups” that do not post anything informative, new or useful. Get rid of pages which are solely made for “entertainment purposes, and instead keep those pages in your newsfeed which provide information which is useful to you. There is also an option to “unfollow” people. You may use that if you no longer wish to see their posts, but do not wish to remove them from your friend list.
    3. Make a daily target of removing 10 pages/groups/people from your newsfeed. By the end of the month, you will have removed 300 pages/groups/people.
    4. If nothing else works, deactivate your account. If this seems too difficult a task, then use Facebook only on weekends.

    The third point is by distracting yourself. If you have a hobby nurture it instead of wasting your time away on a site which would not give you any gains in real life. There are many websites like Udemy which have free online courses that will teach you languages, how to play musical instruments and lots more. Explore the things you are good and bad at. Be productive, because I am pretty sure following other people’s lives on a website is not getting you anywhere other than on the track of being upset with your life.

  • Nandini Ajay Kumar
    Nandini Ajay Kumar   May 27, 2017 09:21 PM

    Social media sites have their own advantages and disadvantages. Addiction to Facebook can be a sign of feelings of insecurity and loneliness. Facebook addiction can be seen in ways like - spending a lot of time on Facebook, excessive sharing and posting stuff, stalking exs, etc. 

    To stop this we need to overcome our feelings of loneliness, insecurity, jealousy or envy and get in touch more with the real world than the virtual world. Having a thousand friends on Facebook does not mean that you have same in the real world too. We need to ACCEPT the difference between real and the virtual world. We need to understand that posting stuff on Facebook would not fetch anything great. Doing great in actual life is what really matters to build up one's self-confidence. BE REAL 

  • Arushi Adhikari
    Arushi Adhikari   May 24, 2017 08:25 AM
    Facebook nowadays have become a major form of addiction for everyone you are not the one who is suffering from this so relax, procrastination is one of the main reasons for being a Facebook addict we keep on ignoring and delaying things, even after knowing it's just a waste of time. Once we have logged in to our account then it is such a addiction that we keep on scrolling infinitely, memes and status updates makes us more curious and impatient that what is going to be next and this 'next' thing never ends and end up making us a Facebook addict, Facebook creeping also signifies your mental state if you check your ex profile on a regular basis it indicates that you haven't recovered from your past yet, if you keep on stalking your crush profile it signifies you want to chat with them it indicates your curiosity and excitement. Like this there are many such things which tells something or the other that how big Facebook addict we are.
     
    What you can do is first of all admit that you are an addict. Ignoring this won't help you, try to share it with your friend or your any other person whom you are close to.
     
    Second what you can do is write down 4 things
     
    1. what did you do ? (Like while you are using Facebook)
    2. When did i do it? (Mostly when do you use Facebook)
    3. What happened before you were using it ? 
    4th how did this make you feel? ( like what you feel about it) 
     
    Write down answer of this four things you'll definitely get a self realisation that what actually you are doing, the time which you can invest in something good that time you are wasting directly or indirectly. Third thing what you can do is replace this habit with some other habit which you usually like doing.
     
    Involve yourself in some activity. Fourth thing which you can do is start exercising or gyming this will keep your mind fresh and engage as well. These things will definitely help you out just be relax and patient and learn to control yourself. Addiction is a way dangerous thing it's better to control your addiction so that it might not change into disaster :) 
  • Yachika Chugh
    Yachika Chugh   May 24, 2017 08:12 AM
    Facebook Addiction is major concern now a days. However, Facebook addiction or Facebook addiction disorder are not medically approved terms, the reality of addictive behavior on facebook are growing problem for many facebook users and one therapists are seeing more frequently in patients.
     
    Signs of facebook addiction:
    - You wake up and very first thing you do is checking facebook.
    - Over- sharing
    - You are overly concerned about facebook image
    - Spending hours browsing through facebook everyday
    - Compromising offline social life 
     
    How you can overcome Facebook addiction:
    Overcoming facebook addiction is not difficult first you need accept that this is not normal and you should be concerned about it. 
    Somethings you can do-
    1) Fix time for browsing facebook 
    2) Turn off notification for facebook app
    3) Only share things which you think are really very important and your friends need to know that
    4) Explore offline world meet people in personal 
    5) Read books in your freetime and set your phone and laptop aside 
    6) add only known people in your friendlist 
    7) Don't be an open book on facebook
    These are some tips that can really be effective in curbing your facebook addiction.
  • Swayamprava Pati
    Swayamprava Pati   May 23, 2017 10:18 PM

    Facebook addiction was not a problem in the past, because of its less users and it was only accessible on a regular computer.

    But now a days we can carry our smartphone to everywhere with us with internet connection and even when we are not looking at our phone screens, we can easily find  thousands of advertisers on television, in magazines and on product packaging now telling everyone to “like us on Facebook.”

    There are so many people who admit to suffering from Facebook and internet addiction. Having a Facebook account has become a real life necessity in today's society.

    Here are some things you can do to help you break free from your Facebook addiction and spend more time doing the things you want or need to get done.

    1. Deactivate Your Account

    Lots of people have found relief in deactivating their Facebook accounts for a certain period of time to help take themselves away from it all and realize what they’re missing by wasting so much time on the site. Some people do it for a week, others do it for a month and some never even go back to restoring their accounts.

    2. Prirotize your Facebook contacts and pages

    Over the years, most people can say that they’ve added up hundreds of old friends, coworkers,  and  public pages on Facebook. Having such a large network of Facebook friends with people you barely know and so many public pages sharing new updates all the time or can still trigger an overwhelming desire to know what’s going on at all times — even if you haven’t spoken to any of these people in years or lost interest in those pages months ago. Unfriended people whom you don't know personally and unlike the pages which you  no longer have interest in.

    3. Keep Facebook​ out of your sight

    You can beat Facebook addiction by  putting it out of sight and out of easy reach. Delete the Facebook app on your phone, take the URL out of your bookmarks, don’t  set it as your homepage and don’t leave it open all times in your web browser.

    Having your News Feed open on your computer all the time or keeping the app on your phone’s home screen makes it  too convenient to check Facebook. Get rid of it, and you might find you aren’t willing to put as much effort in checking it so often when it’s not always there.

    4. Keep Facebook Activity Limited

    If you’re not ready for a detox and not willing to delete your  friends, you can instead try making a conscious commitment to only checking Facebook and doing all your interacting at just one or two specified times per day, like in the morning, during your lunch break, or before you go to bed.

    5. Develop self control

    In today's society with growing competition of various websites and apps to get more and more attention from people, the problem of Facebook and internet addiction will likely to grow more. Ultimately you have complete power to break your addiction by exercising self-control and setting priorities in your life.

  • Aparna Kanmani
    Aparna Kanmani   May 23, 2017 10:03 PM

    The battle between reality and virtuality is a new age phenomenon. A day without internet will drive many of us crazy.

    Addiction to social networking sites kill a lot of quality time and substitute major opportunities for real time social interactions.

    Regular users often have a constant urge to check notifications even when the phone doesn’t beep. Facebook detox is like a modern day fasting and is not impossible.

    It can be reduced in stages with a one step at a time.

    Start by not to check your notifications first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

    Substitute the first and last thing you do with other positive actions like looking at yourself in the mirror, wishing good morning to spouse, having a coffee etc.

    Slowly cut down the amount of time you use Facebook by having a time limit.

    Try to close the application few minute ahead of your usual schedule each time. It is good to announce your efforts to control addiction to your family and friends.

    This will keep you conscious of the word you have given and also provide external support when you lose control.

    Apps like 'Forest' or 'Quality time-My digital diet' help you be aware of the amount of time you spend on each app and also control it.

    Whatever you do, don't try to divert yourself to another social networking site. It would make no difference in your efforts.

    You would end up just substituting your addiction and not overcoming it.

  • vineeta singh
    vineeta singh   May 23, 2017 09:45 PM

    The most widely used and known social networking site is Facebook and people visit it every day. Sometimes people spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook and even ignore family and friends in the actual world.

    STEPS

    1. RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF FACEBOOK ADDICTION-While there is currently no such thing as medically blessed diagnosable “Facebook addiction” or Facebook addiction disorder” that a health or medical professional could categorically state you are suffering from. The following signs indicate an unhealthy neediness for Facebook-

    -you wake up and the first thing you do is check Facebook and it’s the last thing you do at night.

    -nothing else thrills you or you feel empty without Facebook.

    -you are not able to go for more than a day without using Facebook. If forced to do so, you find yourself suffering from Facebook withdrawal symptoms, such as finding nothing else interesting, trying to find ways to get back to Facebook.

    -even if you are not on Facebook constantly checking it many times during the day is assign of compulsive behavior.

    -you have tons of friend on Facebook but still you feel very lonely.

     

    1. START QUESTIONING WHAT YOU ARE DOING ON FACEBOOK-

    -If you are just checking in to respond to pokes to see friends updating their profile, to write a new note or to see what songs your friends are adding. You a addicted to trivia and letting trivia run your daily is not conductive to satisfying life long term.

    -are you wandering about Facebook aimlessly? You have just confirmed a new friend and you are curious as to the friends of that friend and whether any are your friends or could be your friends, and what those friends are doing?

    -is any of what you are doing constructive either from a personal or a professional pint of view? Be honest with yourself.

    1. DECIDE WHAT IS OF VALUE ON FACEBOOK-

    -are you enjoying it? Is this enjoyment balanced with a whole range of other enjoyable pursuits in your life too?

    -do you feel obliged to respond to some people on Facebook even though you would prefer not to?

    -which parts of Facebook really do improve your personal and professional life? It can be helpful to list these for clarity and to clear some of the negative and trivia.

    1. STOP BEING A FACEBOOK AUTOMATON-if you are caught saying “I will Facebook you later”, then your well overdue for taking a break from the site to hang out with friends in the real world, every time you feel like saying” I will Facebook you”, check yourself and rephrase that with “I will see you”, or “I will call you”. And mean it –settle the catch-up time straight away…
    2. MAKE IT HARD TO GO ON FACEBOOK-ask someone to put password on your pc or laptop so you can’t go on facebook.In an extreme case, delete your facebook account. By knowing ahead that you will never go back to it, you find a way to enjoy other stuff you are doing in the present instead of being impatient and thinking “How much longer is it going to be till I check Facebook one more time”.
    3. MAKE IT LESS APPEALING-when using Facebook you can choose what appears on your timeline, by liking pages, joining groups and hiding annoying people you create a custom made “safe-web-space” filled with information that appeals to you with no negatives. Unblock those who constantly post selfies and share and simply visit the websites of pages you enjoy rather than viewing them through facebook.Nothing short of a library will cure your information addiction.

       

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