If you log off of Facebook, leave your house, get into your car and log back in on your phone, you might be addicted to Facebook.
Wasting time on Facebook is apparently a big problem. Facebook is, after all, the number 1 social networking platform in the world with 1.5 Billion users.
Here is a fun video from Matthew Santoro:
How much time do you spend on Facebook?
20 minutes per day is the reported average time users spend on Facebook, but I see friends and family members active on Facebook often for hours at a time resharing memes, quotes, political messages, religious messages, photographs, recipes, etc.
“Researchers in Norway have published a psychological scale to measure Facebook addiction, the first of its kind worldwide.”
Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale
Eventually, Andraessen and colleagues finalized the BFAS to six basic criteria, with participants asked to give one the following 5 responses to each one: (1) Very rarely, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Very often:
- You spend a lot of time thinking about Facebook or planning how to use it.
- You feel an urge to use Facebook more and more.
- You use Facebook in order to forget about personal problems.
- You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
- You become restless or troubled if you are prohibited from using Facebook.
- You use Facebook so much that it has had a negative impact on your job/studies.
Andreassen and colleagues suggest that scoring “often” or “very often” on at least four of the six items may suggest the respondent is addicted to Facebook. medicalnewstoday.com
I get on Facebook almost daily and I actually use messenger quite often because my Mom likes it better than texting.
I share recipes and the occasional news item. Sometimes I share photo’s of my son and spend time liking photographs of others’ kids. Then I update my fan page for my website and take to like others’ pages and posts.
I limit my time on Facebook because I am busy with home and family and working on my blog. I also have to keep up with multiple social networks to promote my blog posts. Social network marketing is time-consuming.
When I am not writing, I am taking a class on blogging or learning about a new subject, researching topics, or learning how to use a new program or website tool. There just isn’t time for me to spend on Facebook for leisure.
Actually, I have never found Facebook leisurely, but many people clearly do. Why?
Is it for relaxation? I do not find time spent on Facebook relaxing. As a matter of fact, I find it stressful reading posts about news, politics, religion and seeing some of the questionable posts shared by my friends and relatives.
Is it for being social? It is nice to share and see some of the photographs and leave a little comment, but there is not much really sociable about it. Maybe that is the point. If we really want to be sociable, we could invite someone to lunch.
Is it for business? After initial engagement, 96% of business page fans do not return a brand’s fan page and only about 16% of your fans actually see your posts.
Sure you can pay to boost posts, but even if you designate posts to run in the USA and Canada, Facebook will still send them to Brazil. That is where they send mine anyway.
Do you really need a Facebook fan page?
You may not need a fan page for your website. You have to share your posts in Facebook groups using your personal Facebook persona anyway and growing a following and maintaining a Facebook business/fan page is time-consuming.
Moreover, hardly anyone will see what you post on your fan page because of Facebook’s algorithm and it is quite possible your boosted (paid) posts will be sent to Brazil like mine.
Spend your time marketing on Google Plus. At least your G+ posts will be indexed by Google.
Here are 5 tweaks to help you stop wasting time on Facebook:
Unfollow people without unfriending them: Hover over their name, click on the Following button, click Unfollow (friend’s name).
You can still share with them and see their posts by going to their page, but their posts will no longer be in your news feed. If they tag you, you will still get a notification.
Unfollow pages without unliking them: Hover over page name, click on Liked, click on Unfollow. Or, you can simply unlike the page.
Limit new friend requests: Go to Settings, click on Privacy, see Who can contact me? and Who can send you friend requests? Edit to change to Friends of Friends.
Delete friend requests from individuals you do not know or want to friend. It is like letting the phone ring. You just don’t answer the call.
Turn off Facebook chat/messenger entirely or for individuals: Click the gear icon for options, click Turn Off Chat, see the options to Turn Off Chat for all friends, all friends except, or only some friends.
Yes, people can still send messages and you will receive them, but not being able to see you in chat will deter some of them.
Stop auto-play videos from running: Go to Settings, on the bottom left click on Videos, see Auto-Play Videos and click on the box to the far right to choose Off.
Now you have time to learn something new!
Learning and creating are a lot more fun than resharing stuff on Facebook.
You could learn a new skill or craft with a free or affordable course at Udemy.
Start your own blog and learn how to make money online.
Find a profitable affiliate program to market new products.
Or maybe, meet a friend for lunch.
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