There must be 50 ways to beat a Facebook addiction, but here are just five things you can do to regain control over your social life ( including creating a Facebook block.)
Before doing anything, of course, you'll need self awareness. As with most addictions, acknowledging and becoming fully aware of the nature of your problem is a pre-requisite to solving it.
So if you feel you may be frittering away your life on the world's largest social network, try taking these steps:
1. Keep a Facebook time journal.
Set a virtual alarm clock on your smart phone or computer every time you click over to look at Facebook. When you stop, check the alarm clock and write down the amount of time you waste...er...spent on Facebook. Set a weekly limit (six hours would be plenty) and mete out self-punishment whenever you go over.
2. Try Facebook block software.
Download and install one of the many software programs that let you block Facebook and other Internet time wasters from being accessible on your computer.
Self Control, for example, is an application for Apple computers that lets you block access to email or particular websites for any amount of time you choose.
3. Get help from your friends.
Get your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend to set a new password for your Facebook account and promise to hide it for at least a week or two. That's a cheap, easy way to block Facebook. Then to unblock Facebook, go into your sweet talking mode.
4. Deactivate Facebook.
If none of the above is helping, then sign into Facebook and temporarily suspend or deactivate your Facebook account. You can go to your Facebook Account Settings page and click the last option -- delete Facebook account--to suspend your account until you're ready to rejoin. This requires enormous self-control, since all you have to do to reactivate your Facebook is sign back in.
5. Delete Facebook.
If all else fails, permanently quit Facebook. You can do this by choosing the hidden delete Facebook option that the network offers but makes hard to find. Just be sure you can live without feeding your addiction to Facebook, because after 14 days, this option wipes out all your profile data, photos and friends list.
Some may see deleting your Facebook account as the equivalent of social suicide, but that's a little melodramatic. Deleting your Facebook may actually be a way for some people to bring themselves back to "real" life.