We are addicted to Facebook
Have you given up or reduced your involvement in social,
occupational or recreational activities due to Facebook? Have you
made a conscious but unsuccessful effort to reduce your Facebook
"use"? Facebook has become so much a part of our life now that itís
so prevalent across the world. With close to a billion users out
there, one can easily throw a stone and hit a Facebook user. The
amount of time users engage in Face book activities, like updating
statuses, posting photos, commenting and Ďlikingí posts has also
been increasing with smart phones and 3G/Wi-Fi networks becoming
commonplace in recent years.
Given the accessibility and ease of use of Facebook whenever and
wherever you are, itís no wonder more and more people are addicted
to the popular social networking site. You may ask, whatís wrong if
you use Facebook frequently as a means of entertainment, or as a
means to relieve your stress? Well, thereís nothing wrong. However,
when Facebook activities start interfering with your everyday life
and become detrimental to your daily functioning at work or in
school, you might have a problem.
At a time when many netizens are concern over the issue of privacy
online, itís strange to find that there are still a number of us
who voluntarily share our deepest secrets about our intimate lives
on Facebook. It has perhaps a lot to do with the gratification of
being acknowledged or approved by our peers. Thereís no basis for
me to say that sharing about ourselves is wrong, because each of us
have our own social needs to fulfill. Itís what makes us humans.
What Iím talking about here is the idea of over-sharing, of saying
too much and then regretting what we said. When weíre addicted to
something, weíll do anything just to get a satisfying dose of
engagement in the activity. So in the case of Facebook addiction,
we may become unable to judge whatís appropriate to share, allowing
our desire to be heard to override our privacy concerns.
People are using Facebook to avoid dealing with some things, such
as your work or personal issues at home? Unfortunately when we
spend so much time preoccupied with trying to project the perfect
life, we forget to enjoy life for what it is, actually experiencing
and savouring moments for what they are, not what they could
be.Once you know what the underlying issue is, youíll be more
confident to manage your addiction. If thereís none to be found,
then maybe it has to do with habit.
Put Facebook away for awhile, go out and experience the offline
world by interacting with your friends face-to-face. You will
realize how much more wonderful that is than to stare at your
newsfeed all day long. The best way to celebrate life, with all of
its ups and downs, is to live it, rather than broadcast it.