My main intent to write this post is not to discourage people from using Facebook.
But to help them be less addicted to it and have a balanced social media lifestyle.
As you all know, Facebook is the world’s largest social media platform serving 2.37 billion monthly active users.
Of those, 1.56 billion are being logged on to Facebook every day.
A majority of these are mobile users.
With an action as simple as opening your phone, opening your Facebook app and checking all your notifications.
Even though the rapid growth and development of Facebook has made human interaction much easier, it also has some serious negative effects on people’s mental health.
While Facebook has been connecting users from all over the world, it has also made people addicted to its usage.
And to be honest, I was a Facebook addict a few years back.
It had affected my mental health, productivity, my relationship with my family members, and my loved ones.
It was just getting too much for me :(
In this post, I shall be talking about How to be Less Addicted to Facebook.
So, here it goes!
Do a Facebook Addiction Self-Evaluation
The first step for you is to conduct a self-analysis and find out if you are a Facebook addict or not?
So, how do you know if you are a Facebook addict or not?
Here are some signs to find out –
- Every hour you are checking your Facebook notifications and messages.
- When you wake up from sleep the first thing you do is check your Facebook.
- You have more connections on Facebook than in real life.
- You keep posting updates about your status on your Facebook timeline every hour.
- You are emotionally attached to reading other people’s comments on your post.
- You are very addicted to Facebook chatting.
- You are constantly checking your Facebook status when you are out with your family and friends.
- You feel emotionally agitated and uncomfortable if you can’t go an hour without checking your Facebook.
- You get extremely upset if Facebook removes your post or even suspends your activities temporarily.
I hate to break it, but all these are tell-tell signs that you are a Facebook addict.
Limit Your Daily Facebook Usage Time
To bring about a good change in your life, you need to start making some daily goals.
Make it a habit to check your Facebook not more than an hour per day.
You will be happy to learn that Facebook app on iOS and Android, you can find “Your Time on Facebook” in the “Settings and Privacy” menu.
Below is a screenshot from my iPhone iOS –
You also have an option to customize your daily Facebook usage by allowing Facebook to give you a Daily Time Reminder on your phone for the number of hours you would like to access Facebook.
No need to install third-party tools to track your Facebook usage.
The important point here is to track your entire Facebook usage for the week.
Do Something Creative
Do you have any creative skills, like creating some animations, painting, gardening, etc.?
Doing something creative is a great way to reduce your Facebook addiction.
If you don’t have any creative skills, then don’t worry!
You can always invest 60 minutes of your time per day to learn a new creative skill.
If you would like to learn Digital Marketing creative skills, then I would recommend you to take a course from Fiverr Learn.
Resource Article: Learn from Fiverr: Certified Courses for Freelancers
Take Up Reading
Studies have shown if you read every day it makes you mentally intellectual.
Take that hour off from social media and use that time to educate yourself daily.
Whether you read educational or fictional novels you will learn something.
You surely gain knowledge when you read something outside of your field.
Turn Off Your Facebook Notifications
The number one root cause problem for your Facebook addiction is you being hooked on to your Facebook notification.
To be honest, I remember those times, when I would get up from the bed and immediately check my phone for any new Facebook notifications.
It was as bad as being hooked on to cigarette smoking.
Here’s how to turn off your Facebook Notifications if you are using an iOS platform – Go to Menu > Go to Setting > Go to Notifications > Click on Notification Settings
You have the option of Muting all your Push Notifications or customizing what notifications you would not like to receive.
Take a Vacation Break from Facebook
Perhaps its time for you to take that short vacation break and stay disconnected from your Facebook account.
Take a break by deactivating your Facebook account.
By doing this, it will give you mental peace and an opportunity to spend more time with your family.
Remember, your data is still saved so you can always reactivate in the future.
- Click on the arrow in the upper-right corner
- Select ‘Settings’
- Click on ‘Security’ on the left side
- Chose ‘Deactivate your account’ at the bottom of your page
If you are using an iOS iPhone, then go to Privacy Shortcuts > go to Your Facebook Information section > click on Delete Your Account and Information > click on Deactivate Your Account.
Below is the screenshot from my iPhone –
Try Avoiding Viewing Facebook News Feeds
Remember a while I mentioned about Facebook Notifications to be the number one root cause problem for your Facebook addiction.
Well, being hooked on viewing Facebook News Feeds is the second on your list for your Facebook addiction problem.
So, how to fix it?
You have two options here, either you limit your viewing time for these Newsfeeds or control your Newsfeed.
As a Facebook user, I always try to limit myself by seeing at least one super interesting post, not to see all of them.
Imagine you have a box full of candies in front of you.
Instead of eating them all, just focus on one candy which looks to be tempting and has the best taste.
If this doesn’t work, then the second option would be for you to control your Facebook Newsfeeds.
Say Goodbye to Your Facebook
If all things fail and you still feel your life is controlled by Facebook, then your final option would be to delete your Facebook account.
Now, I really wouldn’t recommend you do this step.
But, if this is what you would like to do to improve your mental and physical wellbeing, then go for it!
So, how do you delete your Facebook account?
Just follow the steps as I mentioned earlier for Deactivating Your Facebook Account.
Only this time select on the option ‘Delete Account’.
If you are using an iOS iPhone, then go to Privacy Shortcuts > go to Your Facebook Information section > click on Delete Your Account and Information > click on Delete Account.
Too much of something is never good for anyone.
It’s always a good idea to regulate your Facebook usage.
I am not saying Facebook is pure evil.
But we all as users need to learn how to use Facebook wisely, and not at the cost of ruining our lives.
Take back you like. Take back your life :)
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