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5 Steps to Minimizing Your Addiction to Social Networking Websites

November 17, 2010

Aren’t you tired of checking you twitter and facebook account every 5 minutes? Do you ever get sucked into the hype of people cyber battling with others? Did you ever get upset that you weren’t number one on your best friends top 8 on myspace? Well, I think for most of the youth, this has been the case. If you are tired and want to do something about it, follow these steps and practice discipline. It is always better to be productive and creative then it is to check your friendly social accounts every 5 – 10 minutes. Here is my story…

It was April 2005, as a student attending SUNY Purchase, I was told by a fellow classmate that I should join the facebook.

“The facebook?”, I asked.

“Yeah, I’ll send you the link to join. All the colleges are on here. It’s so cool.”, she replied.

I remember laughing to myself about the name, thinking my myspace was enough for me. Unfortunately, after my boyfriend joined, I joined, we entered into my first cyber relationship and boom the rest was history.

Today facebook, no longer “The Facebook”, represents the expression of many people, not only college students.  I am friends with my mom, uncle and cousin. I get to see what they are doing and who has joined the family. For those reasons, it’s amazing. Unfortunately, the downside is the immature friends you’ve met in the past, the friends who are constantly venting negative energy, and the occasional fights with your loved ones, only to be surprised by a disrespectful status.

Things like the mini-feed can dishonor your opinions about privacy and unfortunately we all know about your on and off relationship and what happened all because of facebook.

Let’s admit it, the embarrassment of your personal life is all there for the world to see or have access to and it can ruin your day. This is why facebook, myspace, and twitter alike, should be kept to a minimum. Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into the hype. Here are a few things to try to spend less time on these social websites.

1. Remove mini feed updates: Do this by simply scrolling over your friends status on the mini feed section and clicking on the X. This will prevent frequent updates.

2. Relationship What?: No one really needs to know that you’re in a relationship with a specific person or what your anniversary is. Simply omit if you are single, divorced, or in a relationship. If you post pictures of happy times with your partner and respect your relationship, it won’t matter anyhow.

3. Don’t Vent Your Frustrations: Does this even need an explanation? Write in a journal somewhere, not on a facebook status.

4. Ignore your grand ‘ol Droid and iPhone Apps: Most of us have upgraded our cell phones and we now have a facebook, myspace, and twitter app. This makes it easily accessible to check all accounts at any given second. Remove your apps and you’ll focus more on the real world around you.

5. Eliminate your email notifications: This is another great way to help you ignore your social websites. You don’t need to have your email accounts flooded with who’s invited you to what and who posted on your wall every 3 minutes. It doesn’t matter who is following you today on twitter and what new spam myspace message you’ve just been sent. These email notifications will make you want to check your account more and more.

I have recently deactivated my facebook account for a while to stop my addiction and will follow these steps when I decide to activate it again. Isn’t it funny how we can’t even delete our account on facebook entirely? Mark Zuckerburg is a billionaire off of our addicition to social networks online. He’s one smart cookie.

Wishing you all the best with your discipline in achieving success in eliminating your addiction. Real life is always best. So delete those apps and edit your accounts. There is work to be done and people to talk to face to face.



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