Are you among one of those compulsive Facebook users who refresh your page every few minutes looking for status updates? Do you measure your popularity by the number of Facebook friends that you have and the number of likes that your messages get?
Probably, you are becoming an addict of Facebook and it is high time that you avoid Facebook and find a healthier alternate to spending your time. The reason for spending too much time on Facebook and other social network sites is not because you want to keep in touch with friends. The most fundamental reason is that you are bored and you have not spend time in thinking about what else can you do with friends. In this article we will give you some great suggestions on what you can do using all the time that you save when you avoid Facebook.
- Go for a walk: Start your day with a walk. It is one of the best ways to start your day and you can make it exciting by getting a walking partner who stays close to you. This way you can use that time to get the twin benefits of keeping fit as well as staying in touch with your friend. Remember that spending time one on one or with a small group is a much better way to have meaningful relationships than updating your status messages and broadcasting it to a whole group of friends. In case, you cannot find a walking partner then you can spend that time for some quiet reflection and planning to make sure you have a successful day.
- Go for a game: Instead of playing virtual games on Facebook, you can organize a friendly game of basketball or baseball with your friends. This will help you to bond with friends as well as learn valuable lessons on how to work effectively on a team, which will stand you in good stead in your job as well.
- Explore nature: You can plan a road trip with friends to a nearby trekking point on weekends. This is a great way to physically test yourselves and remain ‘cool’ among your peer group. Avoid the urge to update pictures from the trek on Facebook. Instead, you can create a physical album and share it with friends who did not make it for the trip. This would encourage more of your friends to avoid Facebook and join you on your next activity.
- Have a hobby: Updating your Facebook status does not qualify as a hobby. A hobby should help you improve as a person – both intellectually and emotionally. It should also be entertaining for you. Choose anything that catches your fancy – it can be gardening, reading or photography. Get involved in your hobby and try to learn more about it from books as well as from experts. Learn to enjoy the thrill when you see a flower bloom in your garden or when you are able to click that perfect picture.
- Give back to the community: You can use your time effectively by joining some volunteering activity along with your friends. This would give you the mental satisfaction of having been of help to someone who genuinely needs your time and care.
In short, once you start to avoid Facebook and start to ‘like’ nature instead, you will notice that your energy levels perk up and you are in a happier state of mind most of the time. It will also give you the emotional strength to handle setbacks in life in a much better fashion and with an objective mind.