How to cure Facebook addiction?

Philippines
June 16, 2010 10:18am CST
I think I am one among those who are very fond of Facebook. There are times during work hours that my eyes and mind would stray on the internet explorer and think about opening my FB. However, being a manager, I have to moderate my usage of those social networks specially during busy hours. What do you think made fb popular? What motivates the behavior of people to return again and again to fb? And how to control fb addiction?
9 responses
• Philippines
20 Jun 10
What drives people to waste time on FB is the fact that they can play games which are not so great by the way, they can tell their friends something they can't say in person or comment on someone whom they just met recently and that commenting would be the first step for them to get closer, OR they just use it for purchasing online. No matter what the reason is, the phenomenon, yes, I mean the phenomenon must be put to stop. I'm not a hater. I also have an FB account teehee but at least I only spend 10 minutes or less on it...nowadays. So to cure the Facebook addiction, one needs to realize that life is so worth living and worth spending on more intimate, personal/in person, and caring endeavors. I'm also trying to discipline myself by not allowing ME to surf the net for more than two hours aside from the fact that it's really part of what I do for a living. Just think that Facebook won't give you any benefits in the long run ;)
• Philippines
21 Jun 10
Amen to that rainbowink.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
19 Jun 10
i think many people are bored with their mundane lives, and their search the internet for some excitement, whether games, chatting with others, or etc.
• Philippines
19 Jun 10
Getting bored means they have lots of time to waste. I now have a follow-up question and I think I will post it in a new discussion. Thanks for replying.
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
I was once a Facebook addict. However, I realized that being in FB and playing games are taking almost all of my time so I decided to stop. Good thing that it was Christmas break when I decided to stop because I went home and did not bring my laptop with me so that I had no way of accessing FB back home to play my favorite games. When I went back to the city where I work, I was surprised that I did not miss FB at all :). I never went back to the games as well. For it to be effective though, it is important that you decide to not be addicted to FB anymore. If you are really decided, everything follows. You'll learn to control yourself whenever you feel like going back to your favorite applications in FB. Good luck!
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
Thanks manubla. I guess it is similar to withdrawing from smoking or drinking. I would have to put mind over matter. lol. Congratulations as well for having self discipline. I will try my best to do the same.
@pepinho (117)
• Slovak Republic
17 Jun 10
Well I think that facebook became the most interesting social network worldwide I don`t know what made it so popular. Maybe people who recommended it to their friends and they recommended it to their friends and so on.It could be reason why it is so popular and more and more people join it daily. What motivates people to return there is I guess curiousness we just want to know something new about our friends red their statuses or share their videos. And there are also more and more games a its kind of challenge for me to be better than my friends in other words facebook is great source of fun and everybody loves it. This fact causes that people spend so much time on it and many of them are addicted.To answer your question about addicton you have to tell yourself that you are strong enough to limit the time you spend on facebook. Good luck :)
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
Thanks pepinho. Well, yes you are also right. The fb helps you get connected with your long lost friends as well. And it also help triggers reunions and reminiscing past. But what I don't want sometimes about it is there are partners who fight over it. My co-worker saw her husband's picture with another girl. I also hate it when people in relationship carelessly flirts with other people. Sometimes this social network is not used properly. Anyway, I just hope I will make friends over it and not make enemies. Thanks again for the response.
@mrcol1010 (209)
• United States
16 Jun 10
Facebook is very addictive, or at least seems addictive to most people, because thats what their friends say. No one wants to be the odd man out in their social group. What made Facebook popular, believe it or not, was most likely Myspace. Myspace started the social network trend, and Facebook was born through that. A way to control it is have some friends/family monitor your facebook usage from their prfoiles, and if they see you are on, then have them take something away from you for a short period of time. I know it sounds ridiculous, but believe me, it works.
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
Thanks for the trivia. How can they take something away from me? Maybe, you mean take my laptop away from me. :)) hahaha... Anyway, thanks for the advice. I will ask my friends to reprimand me if they see me online several times. Ciao.
• United States
16 Jun 10
Face book is indeed addictive not only to you but tons of pople around the world don't be so hard on your self about it try to come up with a schdule that would help ou cntro your addiction like say i'll check my face book monday wednesday friday sunday at noon and five o'clock and I will allow my self one hour to stay onlne but I will assign my phone numbe to inform me of urgent responses incase there is some thing tht my attention is needed for Why it is so addictive no body really knows but my idea would be just the common intest in friends and family the need to see what people are doing and thinking th intrest to be able to see some one'slife thereliving through pictures and comments
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
You've got a nice answer to my question. However, I noticed that because we get to see what our friends are doing, we also tend to just look and comment on their postings. Most people no longer place effort in actually talking and being around their friends. I hope not many people are like this. Because if I am at the receiving end, I still prefer communicating in person and talking to my family, friends, and love ones in person. Yeah, I guess you are right in being to harsh on myself. I have this OC tendency or Obsessive compulsive tendency and I always wanted to make everything in order. I hope I can loosen up a little. Thanks for the advice.
@T_Diamond (965)
• New Zealand
25 Jul 10
Oh that's an easy one... Join myLot! ;)
@tetsella (29)
• Philippines
25 Jul 10
snowhybiscuis, Addiction to FB starts to sound bad when it has a negative result on your personal life, like almost everyone judges you with your posts, you spend most of your time in front of other peoples pages etc... Should things go way out of hand---I suggest that you delete all the contents of your FB or simply customize your privacy option all to "only me" and then deactivate it. tetsella
@tetsella (29)
• Philippines
25 Jul 10
The best to cure FB addiction is to not post anything at all,if that does not work, deactivate your account.