Have you ever taken a quick break from work, just to “check what’s up on Facebook;” only to find yourself, a half an hour later, wondering where did time go? I finally discovered the answer! Merriam-Webster defines time-warp as: “a feeling, state, or place in which time seems to stop, go backward, etc.”
Let’s face it: Facebook, like most other social media venues, is an addiction. But unlike smoking or drinking, it doesn’t have the related stigma, making it easy for this compulsion to go unnoticed. It is a huge time-waster and probably hurting our economy more than we realize. Can you imagine how many work-hours an average employee wastes on Facebook alone? I researched several sites and the numbers differ as it’s only an estimate, but it seems that workers may spend, on average, up to 15% of their workday on various social networks. Another estimate counted 2.6 million minutes spent daily just on Facebook! (That, of course, is not by a single person…)
On one level or another, most of us are addicted: to posting, twitting, or just browsing what others have to say. We do so mindlessly, turning to our favorite social online venue for either passing time or avoiding addressing what we really should be doing. So what can one do? Join the FBA (Facebook Anonymous)?
Canceling or freezing our account is an option, though, by by now, I have people who only contact me via Facebook, and I want to be available for my friends, as well as for my clients, who favor this method of communication.
I recently tried a different approach that seems to work, at least for now: I log out of Facebook whenever I am done. I already reset my browser not to remember my Facebook’s password, and I further created a long password that I will never remember by heart i.e. I need to look it up every time I want to visit the site. Looking up the password is too much trouble, thus it slows me down. The result is that now I no longer turn to Facebook mindlessly – it’s a conscious decision. My Facebook face-time has dropped significantly. Proof? I finally have time to write posts such as this…
Learned from: observing the Facebook addiction.