After using Facebook for four years, I’ve decided to deactivate my account for a second time. As much as I love keeping in touch with friends from childhood and college, I can’t take anymore of the constant status updates, random friend requests and intrusions on real life. Honestly, I only use it to keep up with birthdays and to wish my friends well on their special day.
I mean, do I really need to know that you are getting your oil changed before you walk your dog? Or that you are popping champagne at Club “I’m Important.” Trust me, I believe you when you say life is good. No need to “confirm” the details. Sometimes it’s just refreshing to receive a phone call or personal email from a friend sharing info about their day, instead of finding out the details through their photo album posted online.
A recent story on The Huffington Post, “Help! I’m Addicted to Facebook,” lists some sure signs that you may have lost control. Tara Stiles says you may be addicted to Facebook, if:
1. Facebook is your home page.
2. You update your status more than twice a day.
3. You have over 500 “friends” half of whom you’ve never actually met.
4. As soon as you step away from your computer you’re on FB on your phone.
5. You are a FB stalker. You qualify as a FB stalker if you
a) click on someone’s profile more than once a day even if they haven’t messaged or tagged you in a photo.
b) have dragged and dropped more than 3 FB photos (not from your own profile)
c) actually go to a place mentioned on someone’s page in hopes of seeing them in real life…creepy!
6. You change your profile picture more than a 12-year-old girl.
7. You have checked your FB page while reading this article.
8. You clean up your “wall” so it looks like you spend less time on FB.
9. You are a member of more than 10 groups and respond to every event invitation “attending” even if you have no intention of going.
10. You change your relationship status just to mess with people
I challenge all to a FB hiatus, just once, to see the difference. And if all fails, your page will remain exactly the same when you return.
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