You might log into your account with a plan of just checking your wall for a couple of minutes. Before you know it, two and half hours have passed and you are still busy answering quizzes and posting the results on your wall.
Here are some tricks to help you avoid wasting time on Facebook.
1. Adding or approving friends you don’t really know.
Social networking sites like Facebook are designed to help you stay in touch with friends, relatives and colleagues—not a friend of a friend you met in a party and whom you will probably never see again. A lot of Facebook users end up having thousands of “friends”, most of whom they are not even really friends with. If you are always receiving requests from people you barely know, feel free to ignore them. Chances are they won’t even notice that you didn’t approve their requests since they are far too busy connecting with people they actually know.
Following are sample information gathered from schools councilors. Your schools survey migh be slightly different from the numbers below.
|About 93% of students have Facebook account even if they don’t have access to internet from home. Chances are that they are logging in from friends home or using a public place like library to access their account.|
|About 41% of the students check their Facebook accounts daily.|
|About 23% have Facebook friends but wouldn’t feel comfortable meeting or talking in person.|
|22% of student admits to posting unkind messages to their friends.|
|31% of them receive hurtful things said to them on Facebook.|
|22% of them indicate that they have been bullied using Facebook accounts.|
|46% have seen upsetting or bulling messages on Facebook.|
|30% of them had to delete their Facebook friend because they have been bullied.|
|41% of them gave out personal information to someone they met online.|
|18% of them pretended to be someone else on Facebook.|
2. Do not chat for long.
Another Facebook feature that can be a big time-waster is Facebook’s chat option. When you are online, your status becomes visible and allows your contacts to chat with you. Even though you might plan to chat for just a few minutes, conversations can drag on and before you know it, you’ve been chatting for more than two hours. To avoid this situation, try to set your status on “invisible” so you can log into your account without your contacts spotting you.
3. Don’t respond to every request you get.
If you want to minimize the time you spend on Facebook, you should also avoid responding to every request you get. If you’re like most Facebook users then you probably receive all types of requests on a regular basis, whether it’s a friend request or a request to try the latest quiz. Try to ignore these requests so you can avoid wasting time. Your friends won’t hold it against you if you don’t want to support their latest game character.
4. Do not install applications that you don’t need.
Dozens of applications are being added to Facebook every single day. These applications are designed to let you have fun and some are even useful. However, most of them are also designed to waste large chunks of your time. Take a look at the notifications that you spend most time on. Ask yourself if you really benefit from these applications? For instance, do you really need to know which Glee character you are most like? Or do you really want to be informed as to what your friends’ top five alcoholic drinks are? If you can get by without knowing these things then you might want to think about uninstalling some applications.