Warning -- understatement ahead: Facebook can be addictive. Really addictive. Due to the simple facts that Facebook is available on most of our mobile devices, and society has the collective attention span of a potted plant -- ooh, look a bird! -- we. Can't. Stop. Checking. Facebook. All day, erryday. At work in the middle of a TPS report, check Facebook. Waiting in the grocery line to buy a bag o' mangoes, check Facebook. Mid-interview with a Fortune 500 company, check Facebook. It's running our lives, people! Invading our thoughts. Haunting our dreams (you know you've had a dream about some random person you're friends with on Facebook before!).
But it doesn't have to be this way. It is possible to have a healthy relationship with Facebook. Truly, it is. And because I'm nice, I'm here to tell you how.
Here are 5 ways to not let Facebook run your life.
1. Make a vow to check Facebook once a day. Simple as that. Tell yourself you get one period a day to bone up on who's eating what, what the weather is like in a place you don't live, and how people's kids are growing. That's it. You'll probably break the promise a few times in the beginning, but once you get into a groove, it'll be cake.
2. Take Facebook off of your phone. Yeah, I said it. If you don't have the app downloaded onto your phone, it's much less easy to pop on over to. Reserve your Facebooking for when you're at the computer. Use the extra time you have when you're out and about to text. Or play Words With Friends.
3. Give yourself a really confusing password. If your password is something like: ghares;gya9[d8b7, odds are, you're not going to remember it. And you'll have to get up to go see what it is. And no one likes getting up. (And no cheating by having your computer remember your password.)
4. Do a "friend cleanse". Eliminate anyone from your friends list who isn't actually your friend. No, your real friend. You won't be down to that many people (no offense), and the time you spend on the site will be much shorter.
5. Have a "Facebook jar". Kind of like how people do when they're trying to quit smoking -- every time you log on, you have to put a dollar in a jar. When there's evidence staring you in the face -- and when you have to part with money -- odds are, you won't be on as much.
Are you addicted to Facebook?
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