Most likely you have a Facebook. Good! I’m glad that you can connect with friends and family, perhaps even distant ones that you don’t really get a chance to see very often. Sure, seeing millions of baby photos, controversial status updates, and the thrill of getting a friend request can be fun, but are you wasting too much of your time with Facebook?
Bill Robinson of the Huffington Post affirms this by saying “Facebook has turned into (if it wasn’t from the beginning) a humongous waste of time and productivity.” Most people are glued to their screens, sometimes for hours, just scrolling through news feeds and looking at pictures. Just like with most things, a good thing can turn bad when used too often. Now, Bill Robinson is quite adamant in claiming Facebook is a huge waste of time, and for the most part I agree; however, I do believe Facebook is redeemable, but it relies solely on the consumers (users of Facebook).
Everyone must understand that Facebook is not just a social media network–it is a big money making business. Countless ads pop up on every page, games are being sold, and businesses do all they can to obtain “likes” from fans in order to draw them into more of their products. This, without a doubt, has an effect on people. Without recognizing this, Facebook will always be a waste of time. Some people have taken the extreme measures of even deleting their account because they see how much time is really wastes (or maybe it isn’t such an extreme measure). Tim Maurer of Forbes.com did just that. He understood that a lot of his time was getting sucked into Facebook and that it was addictive, so he cut himself off from it completely.
Time is an invaluable resource that everyone has, so people must decide how they are going to use it. Here are some practical ways to cut down your Facebook time and not allow it to rule your life.
1) Time yourself when you go on–make sure you limit yourself to a reasonable amount.
2) Ask yourself why you are on Facebook. Did you sign on because of boredom, to check something, etc? What is your motivation?
3) Only allow yourself to sign on once a day, during leisure time.
4) Check out Time.com to calculate just how much time you have spent on Facebook
5) Consider deleting your account. Do you really need it?
6) Ask yourself: is it helping you or hindering you in life?
7) Ask yourself: are your relationships growing stronger as a result of Facebook?