Don’t let the fact that it’s social networking fool you – Just because it is isn’t drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean that it isn’t just as addicting. Anything that consumes your life or starts to affect your daily routine negatively can become an addicting habit that can cause just as much hurt, turmoil and loss in your life as any other addiction.
7 Signs Youre Addicted To Facebook
If you have an inkling that you may be in trouble with your Facebook trolling, read through these signs below. If you feel half or more apply to you, you may be on your way to having a nasty habit that needs to be broken right away before there are irreversible consequences.
1.) Facebook becomes a priority over work: Do you ever feel like your boss is glaring over your shoulder as you happily post away? If you find yourself visiting Facebook more than twice a day at work or have already started sending out resumes because you believe your boss has caught on, unplug now.
2.) You start preferring virtual friends over real friends: If you’ve blown off an invite to a party or a one-on-one gab session with a friend of over coffee just to chat with your Facebook friends, there might be a problem there. You’re real friends are trying to have real contact with you while your “Facebook” friends get with you because it’s convenient – they’re online and you’re online.
3.) You become a Facebook advocate: If you are appalled when you hear a friend or family member isn’t in the Facebook family and begin trying to convince them how great it is and how they’re life will be better if they join, you have begun pushing your time-consuming habit off on someone else and therefore have become a “dealer” of sorts.
4.) It bothers you to make other plans: Get-togethers and holiday dinners are something most people look forward to. However, if you’re dreading attending these bashes because it will tear you away from your precious Facebook, it’s time to reevaluate your priorities. On the other hand, if you want to get some help with work, you can check out a site like Post-Me to help you out.
5.) You never seem to get enough: If you’ve gone above and beyond just checking out your wall posts and what your immediate Facebook friends have posted on the home page wall, and have begun looking up the statuses of friends of friends, neighbors of friends, and those of the gas station attendant who got fired 3 weeks ago, your Facebook browsing has gotten out of control.
6.) You’re beginning to stalk: Are you beginning to obsessively and routinely check on the posts of ex-boyfriends/girlfriends or that of their ex’s? It’s time to let go and move on…they obviously have.
7.) Friending becomes a competition: If 1,200 friends is not enough, and you’re constantly comparing your friends numbers to others’, you may have a compulsion that, in real life, is meaningless. How many of those people do you actually talk to in the real world? Those would be the real friends that matter.
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