Facebook is very much an alternate reality where distances don’t exist, loneliness is a stranger, and boredom is on vacation. The platform is so amazing that it’s hard not to get lost in it. Unfortunately, getting addicted to the social networking website can potentially ruin your real life by interfering with your family life, real social life, and professional life. If you realize that you’ve become addicted to Facebook and are willing to set yourself free from it in order to get your real life back, then we’ve got some excellent tips for you.
Admit Your Obsession
You cannot solve a problem unless you consider it a problem. Facebook addiction is a serious problem and the sooner you realize it, the better it is for you. Admitting your weaknesses may be difficult, but it’s necessary. So sit down, take a deep breath and answer the following questions honestly. If three or more of the following statements are true for you, then it means you are suffering from chronic Facebook addiction syndrome.
- I check my Facebook account first thing after waking up and last thing before going to bed daily.
- I check my Facebook notifications every time I use smartphone.
- I spend hours playing games on Facebook.
- I update my Facebook status every few hours.
- I stalk people on Facebook.
- I cannot spend a day without checking my Facebook account.
Find a New Hobby
If you are finally aware of your addiction, then it’s time to overcome it. The best way of limiting the Facebook use is by finding a new hobby. You need to make yourself busy enough to stay away from Facebook. You can do anything you enjoy doing, or have been planning to do lately, such as gardening, reading books, watching your favorite television series, etc. Why don’t you join a gym or start taking the yoga class? It will not only distract your mind, but will also improve your health. You may also go for hiking or tracking if you’re fond of nature.
Change Your Life Priorities
Until now, getting maximum likes, updating cool photos, impressing your Facebook friends, increasing your Facebook friend circle, updating your status, etc. may have been the most important activities in your daily life, but now it’s time to change your priorities. You need to accept the fact that Facebook is not the whole world. In fact, it is just a tiny part of your life, and that too not a very significant one. Stop wasting your time updating your Facebook status or adding your recent images and think about something else, something bigger, and something you feel proud of, like giving free Math tuition to a needy kid, buying grocery for that old lady who lives next door, etc.
Get a “Real” Social Life
You may feel proud on having more than 1,000 friends on Facebook, but these are not your real friends. You have a real life and real friends (if not, go out and make some!). Go and hang out with people of your age. Join a sports club, reconnect with your school and college friends, have a dinner with your colleagues. These are the people you can count on. Meet friends of friends to expand your social circle. The idea is to live for real.
Note: You cannot get rid of Facebook addiction overnight, especially if you have been using it for years. Be patient and keep working on breaking the addiction.