Who doesn’t love Facebook? It’s the perfect way to stay connected with friends and family, share news and photos, and keep up with what’s going on in the world. Who doesn’t love looking at fat people from the chin up or reading about people’s opinions on things that don’t matter? But for some people, Facebook can be a dangerous addiction.
Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Here are some telltale signs that you may be addicted to Facebook:
1. You get irritated when you can’t check Facebook.
Whether at work, in class, or just out and about, you cannot help but feel the urge to check Facebook. And when you can’t, you get irritable. You might even start to feel anxious like you’re missing out on something important.
You know, deep down inside, your alcoholic aunt is going to be posting a new picture of herself drinking a glass of wine, or your ex is going to be tagged in a photo with his new girlfriend, and you just HAVE to see it so you can get angry and hate her guts even more.
2. You spend more time on Facebook than you’d like to admit.
We all know that one person who’s always on Facebook. They’re the ones who like and comment on every single post, no matter how unimportant. They’re also the ones who always seem to have their nose in their phone, even when they’re supposed to be doing something else.
Are you that person? Seriously, think about it. How much time do you spend on Facebook every day? An hour? Two hours? More?
If you find that you can’t go more than a few minutes without checking Facebook, or if you find yourself spending more time on the site than you’d like to admit, then you might have a problem.
3. You’re always talking about Facebook.
Do you find yourself talking about Facebook all the time when you’re talking to your therapist? When you’re on a date? When you’re alone, and the only people you have to talk to who aren’t on Facebook are your sock puppets.
If you find that you’re always talking about Facebook, or if the only thing you can think about is getting back on Facebook, then it’s definitely become an addiction.
4. You’ve started to neglect your real life in favor of Facebook.
Remember when you used to go shoplifting with your friends or take care of your plants? Yeah, neither do we.
Nothing matters now except for Facebook. You’d rather stay home and scroll through your newsfeed than go out and experience life. And forget about making plans with friends or family for that hate-filled barbecue this weekend when you remind your mom for the hundredth time that it’s not your fault dad left. No, it was all because of that fat woman who worked down at Rite Aid.
5. You’ve started to lie about how much time you spend on Facebook.
You know you have a problem when you start to lie about it. Maybe you tell your boss you only spend a few minutes on Facebook during your lunch break. Maybe you tell your significant other you’re only on Facebook to catch up with old friends.
But the truth is, you’re spending hours on the site every day and not just catching up with old friends. You’re checking up on your ex’s new girlfriend, looking at photos of people you hate, and reading about things that don’t matter.
There’s good news for anyone out there addicted to Facebook
Yes, there is help for those addicted to Facebook. But it’s not going to be easy. Like with any addiction, it will require a lot of effort and willpower to kick the habit.
But it’s not impossible. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can definitely overcome your addiction to Facebook.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Set a limit for yourself.
Only spend ten minutes per day looking up old friends from high school or reading about that one girl’s trip to Cabo that ended up with her catching herpes.
2. Get rid of the Facebook app on your phone.
This will help you limit your usage and make it harder for you to access the site when you’re bored or feeling lonely.
3. Find a hobby.
Start doing something that you enjoy outside of Facebook such as pretending to be an amputee at the park, playing video games, or taking care of your collection of half-eaten cupcakes.
4. Spend time with family.
Go out and spend some time with the people you hate the most. You know, your family. You can’t stand them, and they can’t stand you, but at least you’re not alone.
5. Seek professional help.
This should be your last resort, but if you find that you just can’t kick the habit on your own, then it might be time to seek help from a professional. They can help you understand your addiction and give you the tools you need to overcome it.
If you or someone you know is addicted to Facebook, don’t hesitate to get help. It’s a serious problem that can lead to some very negative consequences. But with the right help, you can overcome it and get your life back on track.
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