Are you one of those users who have Facebook as your home page and have configured your mobile phones and IPads to access Facebook at the click of a button? Do you spend more than 60% of your online time checking out Facebook notifications, videos and photos? If so, be careful. You may be unconsciously getting addicted to Facebook.
There are several compulsive Facebook users out there who spend several hours on meaningless Facebook status updates and browsing through Facebook updates of friends. They take pride in the number of online friends that they have, often having never met any of them in real life. In fact, several of these profiles could be fake ids created for marketing purposes by an industry which thrives by selling Facebook “likes”.
If you are naïve enough to fall a prey to these marketing gimmicks then you have no one to blame but yourselves.
The one main drawback of spending excessive amounts of time on Facebook is that it seriously affects your productivity. If you are one of the several million people out there who earn a living by working on machine that is permanently connected to the internet, then chances are that a lot of time is spend just checking out Facebook updates and refreshing the Facebook page. This affects your focus on tasks at hand and you are likely to end up achieving next to nothing on to do list at work.
No wonder then, that most smart corporate including IT firms have blocked Facebook access to their employees during work hours. It is considered a serious time waster, with no benefits accrued in return. Therefore you must make it a point to log out of Facebook even if you are online, once you have spend time updating your status message and reading updates from friends. Make it a point to respond to updates from friends not through Facebook but rather in person or through phone. If you think it is too trivial to respond then stay away from posting an update just for the heck of it.
You must also turn off email alerts from Facebook as that is one of the key reasons why you would keep logging into Facebook to check what is the latest update from your friend circle. Do not make use of apps such as birthday reminders. Instead, go the traditional pen and paper method. Buy a calendar and mark out the important days in it. This will help you in keeping track of key events such as birthdays and anniversaries without having to rely on Facebook to remind you.
Facebook and other similar sites which get dynamic content that is updated every second are a major distraction to managing your work day. Therefore, it is important that you avoid Facebook and other distractions if you are planning to get productive work done. In the event, that you are a home business and would want an online presence and if social media is one of your marketing strategies, then it is important to plan the time that you want to spend on Facebook. Allocate specific time slots for status updates and responding to user comments and Facebook notifications. At other times sign out from Facebook and avoid Facebook at all costs. Better still, outsource your social media strategy to someone who specializes in it. That way, you can take advantage of the merits of Facebook without actually falling a prey to their time-consuming distractions.
If you are not a business house large enough to outsource your Facebook strategy, then you may probably want to pre-decide on the activities that you want to do online and allot specific time lines to achieving those milestones. Remember also, that it is not the number of likes that you receive in your Faecbook page that decides how much revenue you make. You must be able to engage with your potential customers effectively such that they actually hop over to your website and make the purchase.
Another major group who should avoid Facebook is students. Students often become part of various groups and the peer pressure to join is very huge. However, it acts as a serious hamper to focused studying, and parents need to monitor the time spend by students online. Parents should encourage students to partake in activities which help them develop real life friends such as outdoor games rather than spend time online playing Facebook games and interacting with potentially dangerous virtual friends.
Teachers should also encourage kids to stay away from excessive social networking sites and spread the awareness about the various potential problems associated with spending excessive time online, especially on social networking sites such as Facebook. Gaming enthusiasts also need to make sure that they avoid Facebook, as it takes gaming addiction to a new level. Most games in Facebook are designed to engage the user in the initial levels and then expect you to pay up to enjoy the higher levels of the game. It is very easy to lose money on Facebook games and the only people who would laugh all the way to the bank would be the game designers.
If you are keen on gaming, then at least focus on real life sports such as football or basketball that will help you develop social skills as well as help you in remaining fit and healthy.
Facebook is just another way in which the need for companionship and recognition that is inherent in most of us is being used by smart programming. Facebook tried to promote itself by making you feel that you are losing out on something if you are not part of it. However, if you want to improve your productivity and make your life is simple, then avoid Facebook or at least the addicting Facebook games. It is an unnecessary addiction that is best avoided. You will not gain anything by being a part of Facebook. On the other hand, you have plenty to lose if you spend too much time on Facebook and start neglecting the other aspects of your life.