How to Break a Facebook Addiction

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Maybe you joined Facebook to rediscover old friends, or to stay connected with new ones.

But now, you can’t go more than an hour (or less!) without checking your notifications. Somehow, you’ve managed to spend more time on the site than Zuckerberg himself. Where does the addiction end?

Here are five ways to get away from the infamous social network and back into the real world.

  1. Monitor your daily activity. How much time are you really devoting to the site? Keep track of what you’re accomplishing by logging on. Are you mindlessly scrolling your News Feed? Perhaps you’ve somehow found yourself browsing the vacation photos of a person you don’t even know. Monitoring your time and activity can help you realize just how much time you’re actually wasting. It also helps to consider the things you’re not getting done as a result of the hours on Facebook. How much could you be getting done instead?
  2. Turn off notifications – all of them. For a Facebook addict, this may sound extreme. Maybe you want to know when someone has commented on your status or tagged you in a photo. However, it is rarely that simple. Every time you check a notification, you are inevitably distracted by something else, and end up devoting more time than necessary to the site. Disabling notifications allows you spend less time thinking about Facebook, and more time thinking about the real world.
  3. Make a practice run. Disable your Facebook for a short period of time, and practice life without it. Try for two weeks, then a month. Pay attention to how you’re spending your time. How much more are you getting done as a result of disabling your Facebook? After a while, you’ll realize that you aren’t even thinking about the site. In the long run, it’ll be much easier to maintain a safe distance from the site.
  4. Save your contacts. Remember the good ol’ days of dialing a phone number or sending an email? Keep the important contact information of friends you want to stay in contact with. You’ll find it’s very possible to keep in touch with those you really care about. Plus, your interactions will be much more personal than they would be on Facebook.
  5. One last status, then call it quits. Though this move is far from easy, it might be necessary to quit cold turkey. Explain to friends why you’re leaving, as well as your new contact information. After you’ve announced that you're leaving, you’ll be less likely to go back. When you’re ready to call it quits, you have the choice of either “disabling” or “permanently deleting” your account. Trust your instincts in order to determine which is better for you.

Source: How to Leave Facebook

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