FACEBOOK ADDICTION

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ITS ALL ABOUT FACEBOOK ADDICTION

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FACEBOOK ADDICTION Ankita Maurya 10 th (2 nd shift) Made by -

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P robably the most widely used and known social networking site, almost half of Facebook's users visit it every day. And some of its users spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook, allowing the hours to while away unnoticed, the chores to go uncompleted, and even going so far as to ignore family and friends in the actual world. facebook

While "Facebook addiction" or "Facebook addiction disorder" are not medically approved terms, the reality of addictive behaviors on Facebook are a growing problem for many Facebook users, and one that therapists are seeing more frequently in their patients.:

While " Facebook addiction " or "Facebook addiction disorder" are not medically approved terms, the reality of addictive behaviors on Facebook are a growing problem for many Facebook users, and one that therapists are seeing more frequently in their patients .

Facebook User Statistics:

Facebook User Statistics Statistics reveal that an average user spends around one hour on Facebook every day. Even though spending roughly an hour or so on Facebook doesn't really amount to addiction, the way this practice affects their actual life does amount to it. A recent study conducted by Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research revealed that one-third of women in the age group of 18-34 check Facebook in the morning, even before they brush their teeth. Around 21 percent of the 1,605 surveyed for this study admitted that they wake up in the middle of the night to check Facebook. The fact that a large chunk of Facebook users belong to the 35+ age groups is no less surprising .

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Such is the craze of this social networking website that people nowadays seem to prefer instant messaging over face-to-face conversation. More than 100 million users access Facebook through their cell phones. These users are twice more active as compared to those who use their personal computers for the same. If the time spent on Facebook by the entire world is taken it consideration, it adds up to a whopping 6 billion minutes a day. Whether this is time spent or time wasted is a question that needs to be given a serious thought

Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD):

Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) Facebook, and other such social networking websites, are meant to help stay in touch with friends, make new friends, play games, plan events, send virtual gifts, adopt virtual pets and do other such online activities. While all these activities are enjoyable, at times you get so used to them that you forget that you have an actual life to live. When you forget this fact and start spending more time online, thus neglecting yourself as well as people around you, it means you are suffering from this addiction disorder. Even though this is no medical term, going by the current trends it wouldn't be surprising to see it being included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders some time soon.

Recognize the signs of a Facebook addiction. :

Recognize the signs of a Facebook addiction . While there is currently no such thing as a medically blessed diagnosable "Facebook addiction" or "Facebook addiction disorder" that a health or medical professional could categorically state you're suffering from, addictive behaviors have common threads that can lead to dysfunctional socializing and obsessive behaviors. The following signs indicate an unhealthy neediness for Facebook:

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You wake up and the first thing you do is "check Facebook". And it's the last thing you do at night. Nothing else thrills you or you feel "empty" without Facebook. All you want to do is spend time on Facebook, even to the exclusion of getting work done that needs to be done, or meeting family obligations. When not being on Facebook causes physical pain, sweats, illness and you're champing at the leash to get back on it, your obsession has become an unhealthy one. You're not able to go for more than a day without using Facebook. If forced to do so, you find yourself suffering from Facebook "withdrawal" symptoms, such as finding nothing else interesting, trying to find ways to get back to Facebook even if it means using a computer that is either out of bounds (for example, not yours), or difficult to get to, or you find yourself intensely worried about missing out on Facebook updates. These are all very unhealthy signs.

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You're not able to go for more than a day without using Facebook. If forced to do so, you find yourself suffering from Facebook "withdrawal" symptoms, such as finding nothing else interesting, trying to find ways to get back to Facebook even if it means using a computer that is either out of bounds (for example, not yours), or difficult to get to, or you find yourself intensely worried about missing out on Facebook updates. These are all very unhealthy signs. o You have tons of friends on Facebook but you still feel very lonely.

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Nostalgia has you in its grip. When Facebook starts becoming a way through which you're living in the past, it's a sign of needing to break from it.[6] Rehashing old loves and friendships with the hope that you can pinpoint the exact moment where your life should have taken a different turn and trying to patch it up through fantasizing over Facebook is looking backwards and beating yourself up over what didn't work out. Realize the importance of living in the here and now. This type of nostalgia is even more damaging if you have a loose tongue about the relationships you're actually in because other people will be reading your words and some may perceive them as a betrayal or as signs of an emotional affair.

Start questioning what you're doing on Facebook.:

Start questioning what you're doing on Facebook . Rather than simply going on Facebook and "falling under its spell", start consciously determining what you're really getting out of Facebook. Asking questions about its value to you in your own life's context is healthy, especially when you feel that you might have been overdoing it a bit. Whittle down to the things that bring real value, within a defined time limitation. Record what you're doing on Facebook for a week. Be diligent about this reality check task and don't spare yourself; buy a small notebook and devote time to its updating. Things in particular to keep an eye out for include: If you're just checking in to respond to pokes, to see friends updating their profiles, to write a new note, or to see what songs your friends are adding, you're addicted to trivia. And letting trivia run your day is not conducive to a satisfying life long-term!

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Are you excusing yourself because of work? Even someone using Facebook for business purposes can start allowing the business socializing to bleed into general socializing under the rubric of "work". It's important to notice when you're falling into this transitional phase and to demarcate work and socializing, in order to put a time limit on both. Otherwise, you're giving yourself too large a justification to just keep on keeping on Facebook. Are you wandering about Facebook aimlessly? You've just confirmed a new friend, and you're curious as to the friends of that friend and whether any are your friends, or could be your friends, and what those friends are doing? If this sounds all too familiar, you're time on Facebook has turned aimless. And you're being lulled into this by the connectivity ease of Facebook without being alert to the lack of productivity resulting. Is any of what you're doing constructive either from a personal or a professional point of view? Be honest with yourself! Is that friend really a friend? How beneficial is maintaining a friendship with someone you've never met but linked up just because they were a friend of a friend of a real friend of yours? They might be amazing but if they're barely connecting with you, they might be part of the peripheral distractions that are causing you to sink into Facebook rather than interact on Facebook in ways that have true value.

Decide what is of value on Facebook. :

Decide what is of value on Facebook. Whatever the reason for being a part of Facebook, boundaries matter and knowing what is of value and what is not will help you to rein in poor online habits. Even a reason of wanting to ensure that your family is kept up-to-date of your interstate or overseas happenings can meander out of control if your concept of "family" expands. If you use Facebook for work and personal reasons, the value will probably be broader, but it is still important to define the value boundaries for work and personal time. When deciding upon what value you're getting out of Facebook, consider the following: Are you enjoying it? Is this enjoyment balanced with a whole range of other enjoyable pursuits in your life too? Do you feel obliged to respond to some people on Facebook even though you'd prefer not to? Which parts of Facebook really do improve your personal and professional life? It can be helpful to list these for clarity, and to clear some of the negativity and the trivia.

Target solutions to enable smarter, brighter usage of Facebook in the future:

Target solutions to enable smarter, brighter usage of Facebook in the future While you could quit Facebook , it's probably far more productive, constructive, and socially useful to manage it and to put Facebook in its place in your life. Some of the positive solutions for healthy Facebook usage include (and you'll think of others): Avoid fiddling with the periphery.

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Avoid fiddling with the periphery. Take a good look at your profile. Does it work for you or does it bother you? Changing a profile image over and over is a sign of worrying too much about your Facebook image. If the current image works, leave it be. If it bothers you, fix it right now, photo included. Why? Because once you fix it, be prepared to leave it alone for a long time. Keeping your profile stable will build trust in the online environment; not constantly trying to update it will spare you one more unnecessary fiddle on Facebook. Stop changing your status frequently. Stop changing your status frequently. Think "so what?" before attempting to do this. Every time you change it, it clogs up your friends' news feeds. Why do you feel compelled to announce your every move or mood you are temporarily experiencing? It ceases to be of interest for others, and it's more unnecessary fiddling for you! Think of how often you use Facebook applications

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Think of how often you use Facebook applications . In order to use an application, you must install it on your account. And then use it; and many apps are compelling enough to draw users in for hours at a time. [9] Before adding any application ask yourself "How productive is this?" If it is worthless, think about what it's doing to your friends who get to be at the receiving end of your invitations to gain points, receive gifts, or to see results... Each time a person receives an invitation, they need to accept or ignore it. Don't be the cause of other people's fiddling. And make applications work for you, not the other way round; get rid of the ones that are sheer time-wasters or pointless.

Be careful of the race to have as many friends as possible:

Be careful of the race to have as many friends as possible If you're driven to have more friends on Facebook than you can ever realistically engage with regularly, it's important to stop what is, effectively, a "friendship addiction ". Having more friends than you can realistically connect with can be a source of anxiety rather than pleasure. Enjoy the friends you already have on Facebook but weed out those who aren't adding anything to your Facebook experience. Given that Facebook almost compels you to add friends, if you're vulnerable to defining your self worth through the amount of friendships rather than the quality of them, then Facebook can be dangerous for you while you're recovering from any other sort of addiction or going through emotionally difficult times . Resist the urge to add people you don't really know or want to engage with, and to cull those who mean very little to you from your friends list. Beware of the potential of Facebook to increase a sense of loneliness rather than assuage it. Spending time on Facebook rather than with face-to-face friends will increase any feelings of loneliness you may already have and ironically, the more people you're trying to keep apace with, the lonelier it'll seem because you'll end up with quantity rather than quality. Switch from using Facebook as a substitute for friendships to using it as a way to energize and synergize the friendships you already have .

Avoid being a Facebook automaton. :

Avoid being a Facebook automaton . If you're caught saying, "I'll Facebook you later" or "I'm going to do some Facebooking ", then you're well overdue for taking a break from the site to hang out with friends in the real world (or offline life). Every time you feel like saying "I'll Facebook you", check yourself and rephrase that with "I'll see you", or "I'll call you". And mean it - settle the catch-up time straight away....

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The foremost thing to do is to admit that you are suffering from it and understand that it can affect your life. Only when you are convinced of these two facts, you will be able to make any headway towards your Facebook de-addiction resolve. The next step will be to decide how much time you would want to spend on Facebook every day - the lesser time you spend better it is for you. At the same time you should try giving up Facebook for other events and activities. Spending more time with your family and friends, instead of being glued to your personal computer in your room, will be of great help in your de-addiction drive. Depending on since how long you have been using Facebook, you will have this urge to check it every once in a while - when you are in the office, before you go to sleep, early in the morning etc. You will have to make sure that you don't fall prey to any such urges. Simply put, you need to treat Facebook- ing as a pastime activity rather than a necessity, and you will be able to get rid of this addiction within a few days. How to Deal With this Addiction?

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Remember that Facebook addiction is just a facet of Internet addiction which can go much beyond Facebook. Basically, Internet addiction is a broad concept which encompasses addiction of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut , MySpace, etc., as well as addiction of online dating, video sharing, blogging and random surfing. Getting involved in the virtual world is not a bad thing, but getting involved to an extent wherein you ignore your personal and professional commitments surely is. Things You'll Need To Control Your Facebook Hours Alarm clock with timer sound to limit your Facebook time Other distractions Calendar with meet-ups penned in to spend time with others.