Most of us start using Facebook because our friends are using it. We use that as the perfect reason to join Facebook in the first place. However, Facebook is becoming a marketing company which does everything possible for members to spend the maximum possible time inside Facebook.
The biggest fear that most people have is the fear of being true to them self. They are always trying to belong to a group and Facebook is the perfect example of making use of this insecurity in people. Once you have overcome that fear and you manage to shun Facebook and other popular elements of ‘belonging’ to a group, then you will truly start being yourselves and that is the first step towards success in life.
Avoid Facebook Requests: Every day you will get several requests through Facebook. These include requests for friendship from strangers, requests for filling up surveys, or even requests to play some game. Make it a policy to ignore all requests in Facebook. Only confirm friends whom you know outside of Facebook. Ignore game requests no matter how interesting it may sound. At the end of the day, playing a video game or a Facebook game is an addictive pastime and a serious waste of time. Most often, the apps and games in Facebook are designed to send mass requests to all friends in one’s friends list. Therefore, you need not feel upset about saying ‘no’ to these requests. In fact, if you are very keen on minimizing Facebook time, then you may even want to block friends who are prolific game players on Facebook and are constantly bombarding you with requests.
Manage Notifications: One of the simple steps that you can take to minimize Facebook time wasters is to set your account settings in such a way that you do not receive notification emails for every activity in Facebook. Switch off the notification emails in your account settings. You can also filter out the emails from Facebook in your email client as well. You can always keep yourselves updated by checking the notifications when you log in into Facebook. That way, you decide on when you want to use Facebook and it is not governed by the frequency in which your friends update their status messages.
Say ‘no’ to apps and games: This is the biggest time waster in Facebook and you have to be firm in avoiding these in Facebook apps and games. Facebook was designed for friends to keep in touch with each other. Games should be played not virtually but in the real world. If you like playing games, why not choose a sport that you like and try to practice it. This will help you to avoid Facebook games and at the same time help you in enjoying games as well.
Be offline in chat: Facebook chat is another area where you end up wasting far more time than you originally intended. Make sure that you remain offline in chat while you are logged in into Facebook. This way you can minimize chat requests from friends through Facebook. If you want to talk to your friends call them up instead of chatting on Facebook. This way you will be able to control the amount of time that you spend on Facebook.