Do you find yourself rushing your work in mid-afternoon because you spent the whole morning checking your Facebook? Perhaps, you should reduce the time you spend on the social network.
One: You need to stop procrastinating
People who use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc) can attest that they spend a lot of time on these venues to update friends or chat or stalk their exes. There are a lot of things to do on Facebook—play games, read updates from pages you liked, chat with your best friend, see what your enemies are doing, like posts and photos, upload your selfies, and so on. With the unending amount of mundane things you do on the site, it’s easy to lose track of work time. The next thing you know, it’s lunch time and you haven’t started your paperwork yet.
Two: Your posts will just be part of social media clutter anyway
You never realized this, did you? You update your status by posting about your hot mocha latte, and you get three, four, or thirteen likes. That’s it. People move on to new posts, which come every 5 minutes—5 seconds if you’ve 5000 friends. What’s the problem here?
The problem is whatever you share loses value right away. So not only did you seem to waste your time sharing that wonderful experience but you also posted something that gets forgotten right away. Here’s a quick activity for you. Go to your timeline and scroll as far down as you can and see old posts. You’ll be surprised at what you posted on this same day two years ago.
Three: You should spend more time with people you know
You spend so much time on Facebook that you no longer have time to talk to your mom about your new boyfriend or about your chances at a job promotion. You also have missed out on fun outdoor activities because you would rather update your profile picture with a selfie you took upon waking up and chat with your colleague who lives a few blocks away. Facebook isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s a very useful tool for spreading information and updating friends about events. But it certainly isn’t a place for you to hang out for several hours.
Four: You don’t owe your 800 Facebook friends your heartbreak story
One of the things that a lot of single women do on Facebook is vent about their recent breakup. Have you tried doing this? It feels liberating, doesn’t it? And it’s good to see the rush of likes and comments. You feel the pouring in of sympathy, even from people you’ve never met.
But here’s the other side of the coin. Most of the people you added as Facebook friends don’t care. Some of them may even think that you’re being dramatic. Worse, your ex is probably checking your posts and is thinking your post is unfair. That could lead to some heated drama in the comments section—a spectacle for the nosy people in your network. If you can get away with all of these ugly repercussions of venting your frustrations on social media, have it your way. If not, consider just calling your confidant or speaking to them in private. That’s so much better.
Five: You need to build your life offline—not on Facebook
Most people today are preoccupied with creating an awesome impression on social media just so everyone can see them living their supposed heydays. Please don’t be one of them.
Don’t quit Facebook, especially if you don’t want to miss out on invitations to high school reunions and if you want to put significant milestones of your life there. But spend more time offline doing something that actually matters, instead of posting a message that people will forget after an hour.