5 Simple steps to beat your Facebook addiction

By Laicos

What do you do when you feel bored, lonely, frustrated, upset, stressed, or disappointed?

Do you go to Facebook to cope with your reality?



Facebook Addiction although not medically diagnosed as an actual addiction but rather measured as an activity (Paddock, 2015) is still a problem that most people who enjoy social media are currently facing today.   The truth is that spending unbelievable amounts of hours on Facebook consumes the time that any individual could be using to do productive things, such as socializing with real human beings.  Excessive time spent on social media takes away the ability to interact with others in a healthy way; it deprives individuals from enjoying all of the beautiful things life has to offer.

Simply ask yourself a question – When was the last time you enjoyed a bike ride to the park? A cooking class perhaps, or a wine auction?  Even better, when was the last time you visited a museum, or went to a concert?

No Facebook
Creating Real Memories


It seems as if those amazing things available to us, have started to slowly fade away because of social media.  Quite frankly, I think that is such a shame; especially if you are an individual that works long hours, has a family, or going to school.  All of us need a balance in life; too much work, and no play is not the healthiest way to live life.  Some of us need to get away from everything sometimes, but getting away from reality to enter into a Facebook Reality TV Show, is simply not the way to balance the life stressors at all.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above on the subheading, and if you are seeking solutions to those problems, please do not rely on Facebook to solve them.  Seek other avenues to help you cope with life, with your life stressors, and life’s unexpected surprises.  The best thing one can do, is to reach out for HELP.  There is always someone out there that is willing to help you when in need; and no, it is not Facebook!

Baby Steps

The first step to beating that Facebook addiction is to admit that you have one.  Are you ready? Your success depends on how ready and willing you are to make that change.

Once you have come to terms with that fact, it will become easier to slowly make your transition back into reality, or as we simply call it “life”.  And let’s be honest, lying to yourself about the issue will not solve your problem, but rather make you relapse and go back to the same habits you had before.  The key is to start with Baby Steps, to reach short term attainable goals.

Let’s take the first step – To assess if you have a Facebook addiction, answer the following questions truthfully:

1) How often do you access Facebook when you’re not supposed to? – Such as school, work, church, meetings, etc.

2) How often do you “check-in”, and post your location on Facebook during the day?

3) How often do you post photos of your social gatherings to the point that your friends are asking you to get off Facebook?

4) How often do you access Facebook before you go to bed, and post that you are going to bed?

5) How often do you wake up, and the first thing you do is access Facebook and post a “Good Morning Facebook”, or something similar?

6) How often do you spend hours waiting for a reaction to a post?

7) How often do you access Facebook to check notifications or messages?

8) How often do you take a selfie, photo shop the picture, and then post it?

9) How often do you take your phone with you to the bathroom, the shower, to the table to have a meal, to work, to school, or any other place, just to check Facebook?

10) How many hours a day (after reading these 9 previous questions) do you spend on Facebook for personal reasons other than work related time?

Now that you have answered these questions in your mind, are you surprised of how many hours of the day you spent just on Facebook alone?

If your answers result in one hour, or less than an hour then you shouldn’t be so worried about it.  But if you answered more than an hour daily, then that’s a warning signal that you are getting addicted or you are really addicted to Facebook.

But do not worry, there are ways to start breaking that old habit, and tips to regain your life in a healthy way.  It is also imperative that you do understand that what works for others, may not necessarily work for you.  But you will not know that, until you try.

Fun Activities
Staying Off Facebook can make you happier!

Tackle your addiction

Let’s take the second step – To begin changing your life, follow the 5 steps below:

1) The first recommendation is to start a Daily Log to enter every time you access Facebook, and the amount of time you stay on face book – Do this for a week.  At the end of the week tally all the times you accessed it, and how much you spent. Write an attainable goal to decrease the amount of time, and the amount spent.  For example, if you spent 7 days per week, make it a goal to spend 6 days only the following week.  Pick a day that you will commit to not accessing Facebook.   If you spent 10 hours a day on Facebook make it a goal to spend 9 hours on the following week.  Every week, check your progress and do not stop until you have reached your goal.

2) The second recommendation is to Stay in Touch – Write down a list of friends and family members that you have not contacted in a long time.  Once you have that list, save it as a favorite on your phone.  Whenever you feel the urge to access Facebook, go back to that list and call the first person on your list.  If the person is not available at the time, move on to the second person on the list and so on.  Record who you called and how long you were on the phone call on the same log you used for step number one.

3) The third recommendation is to find your Local Events Calendar; you can get a calendar from your local chamber of commerce, your church, and/or a website.  Do not access Facebook to find events near you; the goal is to break those bad habits.  Once you find the local events, pick one that you are interested in and go have fun.  Check the events calendar every Monday, so you can plan accordingly and have something to do during the week, or the weekends.

4) Pick five of your best friends, family members, or acquaintances that you absolutely love spending time with.  Out of those five, invite one every week to partake on the event you are interested in.  If they are unable, then pick the next person on the list.  Once you have committed to a day-out, or night-out with your friend, log the details on the same log you used for Facebook.  Record the event, the details, the person that went with you, and the time spent together. If no events attract you, talk to your friend and find Team Building Activities that both of you will enjoy.

5) And last but not least, write a list of all the Fun Activities you haven’t done, would like to do, or would like to learn.  Once you have that list, start with number one and plan on accomplishing one at a time each month.  The goal is to spend time doing things that you like, may like, or didn’t know you like.

Road Blocks


Now that you have a list of steps to follow, take into consideration that you will have obstacles, or Road Blocks in your life that may prevent you from doing one or all of the steps simultaneously;  but that is not a real problem. A real problem would be you letting those obstacles prevent you from accomplishing your goals in life.  If you are truly committed to changing those habits, pick an hour out of your day to write down all your entries on your log.  For example, write your daily events on your phone notes, your email if you have access to it, or a piece of paper.  At night, before you go to sleep, transfer all of that data into your log.

Reward yourself!

The most Rewarding Thing to Give Yourself, is to see all the progress you make throughout the weeks following the five steps to beat your Facebook addiction, and to a healthier life style.  You owe it to yourself to find true meaning to life, without having to delete yourself from social media completely.

Break the habit, and start living life today!



Works Cited

PhD, Catharine Paddock. “Facebook Addiction – New Psychological Scale.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 22 June 2015, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245251.php.

Saedi, Goal Auzeen. “Is Facebook the New Reality TV?” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 5 Sept. 2012, www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201209/is-facebook-the-new-reality-tv.

“Stress Management.” Stress Management: Using Self-Help Techniques for Dealing with Stress, www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm.

Casali, Davide Folletto. “Break the Habit in Baby Steps, Chose a Trigger, Iterate.” Intense      Minimalism, 1 Minute Read, 5 May 2015, https://intenseminimalism.com/2010/break-the-habit-in-baby-steps-choose-a-trigger-iterate/

Barker, Geoffrey. “Free Daily Schedule Templates.” Smartsheet, Smartsheet.com, 18 Sept. 2017, www.smartsheet.com/free-daily-schedule-templates.

Hamm, Trent. “Keeping in Touch With Loved Ones.” Real Simple, US News, 22 July 2014, 0900, www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/keep-in-touch-family-friends.

Holdefehr, Katie. “Keeping in Touch With Loved Ones.” Real Simple, Real Simple, www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/keep-in-touch-family-friends.

Bonnie, Emily. “Ultimate Guide to Team Building Activities That Don’t Suck.” Wrike, 10 MIN READ, 30 Nov. 2016, www.wrike.com/blog/ultimate-guide-team-building-activities/.

Hamm, Trent. “102 Things to Do on a Money-Free Weekend.” The Simple Dollar, 10 MIN READ, 16 Oct. 2017, www.thesimpledollar.com/100-things-to-do-during-a-money-free-weekend/.

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Loyal to the Blog

An evaluation on writing Rhetoric, Genres, and Theories

Blogging with a purpose
Photo by www.xpatmatt.com, Jasper: Adventures Only

Blogging has never been the easiest to master, if one can’t get over a zero-bounce rate.  Readers in search for juicy blogs expect to find specific information when they access blog sites, and first impressions are always critical when it comes to readers deciding if they want to continue reading or exit the page and move on to another blog.

Back to basics

A major fail a blogger could encounter, is not recognizing when the blog is lacking rhetoric.  After posting a few blogs, the best way to evaluate our own work is to analyze our blogging style and decide if it needs adjustments.  At one point or another, all bloggers have to revert to basics and go back to analyzing Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Kairos.

For some it may be a Toulmin case, or a Rhetorical analysis of the blog.  For others it could be a simple adjustment on the design, or an adjustment of the presentation, images used, or even links that are complete and clean.  Another important part of evaluating one’s own blog, is to run a visual rhetoric analysis.  Analyzing if it’s a catchy and an inviting blog, as soon as the reader accesses the page, is the hardest part of writing a blog; but perhaps the most rewarding if the audiences keep coming back.

All or nothing

All or nothing - video blocks
Photo by www.videoblocks.com, Life is Sum of all your choices

For my Facebook addiction blog page and topics, I have considered that a mixture of all different rhetoric styles may help retain readers and will help keep the post consistent and realistic; but that may not be true depending on the sub-topic of the blog. That would be like stating that trying everything in the buffet is always best; until you get an upset stomach from mixing all types of different foods, and suddenly you think A La Carte was better.

Keeping in mind that blogging is a more informal way to share one’s thoughts with the world, I have considered that Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Kairos in blogging have worked always when persuading readers. It’s like a must have in blogging, won’t you say?

LPEK to the fullest

Logos in a blog really supports the claims by giving the content a logical appeal.  Such as, “people who spend more than 10 hours a day on Facebook, are considered addicted to social media”.  By using logos, a person who actually uses Facebook may be inclined to do a self-assessment of their own behavior in social media.  Because it seems almost illogical that people would abuse social media in that way; the truth is, there are a lot of Facebook abusers in the world.

The use of Pathos on the other hand maybe one of the most critical strategies to keep your readers engaged.  Pathos on its own revolves around human emotion; which means that if the content is supported by images related to the topic, supported by personal stories, statements, and true facts, one’s own emotional view of the content, then the reader may be persuaded to read the blog, stay, and follow – It’s like love at first sight.

Ethos in blogging is one of the hardest things to achieve because the author’s credibility will always be questionable if the author hasn’t built a reputation in the blog business.  Even when other sources are provided to support the blog, audiences may not stick around to read the article if they know more about the subject than the author who wrote the blog.  This usually is a road block for the writer, especially if the title is flat, dull, not inviting, and over-rated.

Invoking Kairos in a blog can be a wild card; if the topic of the blog is trending, chances are readers will be inclined to click on it and read it.  For example, if one posted a blog about Facebook addiction, in the middle of “Wild Fires in California” trending news and blogs, chances are no one will even bother to see the title.  If one posts a blog about how “Facebook helped save numerous people from burning in the fire”, chances are the audience and followers will increase just from reading that particular blog, because fires are trending now.

Cut me if you can

The Toulmin method for blogging can be a very complex and a double edge sword; simply because the Toulmin Method is used to persuade a reader that the author’s arguments are reasonable and effective based on the research and organization used for the blog.  It’s basically a one-sided argument that doesn’t attempt to build any common ground.  This method is simply designed to give complex arguments to provoke opponent readers’ responses.

For a blog post, Toulmin would not be the most practical method if one wants to build an audience.  Blogs are intended to be fun, persuasive, informative as well, but not academic like stories.  This method has to be built on claims, grounds, warrants, backings and rebuttals.  No blog reader wants to spend time reading complex terms and paragraphs that may end up making the reader feel he/she has just joined another writing course.

Rhetorical Analysis for blogs serve a great purpose when writing one’s blog. For example, writing about Facebook Addiction has been hard because not every age group is on Facebook these days due to all the issues that have evolved from social media.  The target audience now is mostly college students, and younger generations, as older crowds have understood the dangers of social media, and a high percentage have decided to divorce Facebook.

Analyzing one’s blog for consistency on topic context is also key; often times a blogger will get off track as his/her opinion and emotions take over the subject.  Focus on a topic perhaps is as critical as the visual rhetoric because it supports the author’s credibility.  If an author decided to let emotions take over facts, chances are the blog wouldn’t be as successful as when a topic is supported well with additional research imbedded in the context of the blog.

I’m not color blind, so I’ve been told

The four design principles and color for blogging are extremely essential, no matter what topic it is; simply because blogging is an informal way of writing. There is nothing worse than to see a white page with lots and lots of words that look like a crossword puzzle.  Blogs should be inviting, and should reflect personality; they should want to make you write your own.  One important aspect of color and fonts, is that they set the mood of the blog.  If the colors are light and dull, chances are readers will click on that next button, or exit the page and google something else.

When blog colors and fonts are bright and diverse, with carefully chosen images, they make a statement.  They catch a readers’ eye even out of curiosity. Fonts, headings, and subheadings are key in breaking apart paragraphs. Even if one free-lances through a blog, a well-structured paragraph with proper contrast, will help the reader focus, retain and understand the content being read.

Death by Power Point

Death by powerpoint by lauramfoley
Photo by www.clickworks.ie, Death by PowerPoint

The rhetoric of presentations for blogs is no different from the rhetoric for a regular presentation.  Although the audience is not physically in front of the writer, the audience is virtually there on-line at any moment, and 24/7.  The worst and best of all, is that virtual audiences run in millions, billions, and numbers not imaginable.  When one states “I’m sharing my thoughts to the world”, writers are actually sending their message globally.  It is very important to have a well argument and supported presentation in order to gain credibility, especially if the topic is trending and all over social media.

In my shoes

For my blogs, I concluded that using my LPEK first, gives me a platform to write longer blogs rather than short stories.  Analyzing the content of the blog after, gives me a better picture on how readers may react to the blog.  It also gives me an idea if the word choices speak to my intended audience or not, of if the content seems out of focus.

Depending on the subject, I have contemplated if using a Toulmin model would be ideal; but I find it hard to use with topics related to social media because there are too many controversies, variables, and very little empirical research.

After reading and learning about rhetoric styles, I have decided that killing someone with a power point presentation is simply not the best strategy for the topics on my blog page.  I would think that readers do not want to see that type of presentations in a blog; I think that a fair share of readers and writers want to feel understood by a blog post that interest them.  Many times, readers find their answers reading writers’ opinions supported by facts.

One thing I know for sure is that I will continue to get creative with the visuals, and graphic designing that I can use on blog sites; I think if anything at all, the success of a blog relies in first impressions, and first impressions are driven by appeal and color – So I’ve been told.

~ Laicos ~

Facebook Negative Effects: Rhetorical Analysis

Gray shades of blue


Nafisa Afsana Taskia, a Certified Supply Chain Analyst, does a great job at describing how Facebook can have adverse and negative effects on individuals that abuse the social media in her power point presentation “The Grey Shades of Blue”.

Nafisa not only explains how abusing Facebook has negative effects, but also references statistics of people who abuses social media, and compares the data to other social media sites that are trending in today’s society.

Presentation Overview

Nafisa chose to create a presentation with informal language to help give the readers or audience a clear image of what type of negative effects are associated with abusing social media.  The content is broken down beginning with an overview that describes the increasing importance of Facebook, the reasons why not to trust Facebook, how overuse and careless use of Facebook leads to personal and professional problems, and a no conclusion slide.  Enough visuals were included to provide the audience support for a better understanding on the content throughout the presentation.

Slide Content

The presentation doesn’t provide the purpose of the presentation, an introductory slide, or a synopsis of what the author is trying to accomplish with her presentation.  She started with a title slide, and transitioned straight to an overview; which is not a downfall of the presentation but an introductory slide would have laid out the foundation of the presentation from the beginning.

The overview in the presentation is clear and concise; there is enough information in a bullet and sub-bullet format to understand how all the points are related to each other. The formatting is aligned, and consistent.  The points in the headings reflect the overview without being out of sequence.

The Main Points

For all the main points, Nafisa used her research as back up on the presentation; however, she doesn’t explain how this information was obtained as there are no citations for the research or the images used on the presentation.  Although the pictures reflect statistics, the information can’t be validated which affects the credibility of the presentation.

There is no indication of research being conducted by herself, and the images included do not reflect a citation that indicates if they are her own products or someone else’s products. Nafisa does include a summary of her data, and covers a conclusion drawn from the data she provided.

The “Take-Aways” slides were references of different negative effects accompanied with images for the audiences to understand the point of the slide, but no conclusion slide was included aside from the last slide that states “Don’t be a puppet of the system”.  Although this statement could be construed as a conclusion, it doesn’t conclude anything from the data provided.  Transitions and especial effects were not used in the presentation to allow for an easier flow throughout the presentation, but it oriented the audience and it was consistent.


Nafisa rather than creating her own fonts for some slides, used a combination of images already created from different sources; the colors used for the presentation contrast within each other enough to create diversity and appeal.  The font sizes for some slides were larger than others, but they were effective as they were used to catch the audience attention.  The colors were used properly based on the content on the slides, and didn’t conflict with the images used.  No special effects were used but the images were enough to support the slide main point.

The repetition of the slide was not the same, she broke down each slide differently and it was effective in keeping the audience engaged due to the diversity of the presentation. The use of backgrounds and images were appropriate for the subject of the presentation.  One point per slide was made, and was not overwhelmed with unnecessary text.


Overall, the presentation is good as it used the proper alignment, proximity where it needed it, contrast with fonts and colors, and met most of the points in the Rhetoric of Presentations.  In conclusion, all the presentation needed to be a completely effect and credible presentation, were a purpose slide, a conclusion slide, and citations.

~ Laicos ~

Facebook-Free: Rhetorical strategies in Dr. Austin’s “Facebook addiction? Is Facebook harder to quit than smoking?

Photo by: Psychology Today

Dr. Michael W. Austin, Ph.D., a professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University, writes that the urge of staying on top of social media is one of the most difficult things to resist these days.  He makes this claim by using his personal experiences, and by referencing other convincing articles that claim the same, or similar facts.

He addresses this article to all of us, the general audience, as today’s society relies on social media, social networks; and who doesn’t rely on the smart phone these days?  Well, okay there are some people who still use a flip phone, but they are the minority, and even blackberries are almost obsolete.

In his article, he poses a good question; can one be Facebook-free? I think this is a great start to understanding the extent of how an individual can be addicted to Facebook.  Dr. Austin really hits the point of today’s social media dilemma, when he states that to get rid of this addiction, one has to go “cold turkey”.

Photo by: Rules the Roost Blogger

One of the main points of his article, is the fact that if all the studies that are being conducted on Facebook addiction are correct, then social medial poses a huge danger to people with addictive personalities.

He points out how according to recent studies, for some people quitting Facebook is more difficult than quitting smoking or drinking alcohol; and in another study, students who went without social media for 24 hours recorded, presented feelings of confusion, anxiety, irritability, jealousy, angriness, loneliness, dependency, depression, paranoia, insecurity, restlessness, and fretful. How can social media cause all these feelings?

Dr. Austin, makes it easy to see how Facebook addiction can down spiral if people are unable to control their impulses; he explains well how difficult it is to quit, why it is difficult, how it can be a danger to addictive personalities, and how it can have a negative impact.

One thing that can be appreciated about this article, is the informal yet human way of expressing the points of Facebook addiction so casually.  It keeps us reading more and more wondering if more research has been conducted that can give more ideas on how to quit without going cold-turkey.  The best part of all, is that he even gives the readers an insight into his own journey to being “Facebook-free”, which could make his readers feel as if  they can be just like him.

For anyone who is in social media, reading this article may help expand one’s mind regarding the severity of the issue.  As Dr. Austin states, studies currently are being done to analyze how people are addicted, and ways to be addiction-free from social media. He gives the readers a good starting point by linking his research on his article.

This is always a plus when a reader wants to validate the data, even if it’s for pure curiosity. Regardless of whether the studies are from a reliable source or not, at least other articles can give more feedback and link the reader to a reliable source, should they plan to seek treatment.

Although this is a short article, one could argue that Dr. Austin is implying that anyone could go Facebook-free cold-turkey, so that we can experience being in touch with friends and family, rather than being in touch on social networks.  It would be hard to imagine being without social media at all, but according to him, he doesn’t miss it.  That sounds like a good reason to try.

Even though his personal experience was a successful one, and perhaps simple and easy to go cold-turkey, it may not be as successful for others.  As he stated, if people have addictive personalities, then going cold-turkey may not be as simple and may require professional help.  The good news is that like him, other researches are still going in their journey looking for the right answers to Facebook addiction.

Works Cited

Austin, Michael W. “Facebook Addiction?” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 20 Feb. 2012, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ethics-everyone/201202/facebook-addiction.

Brain Hacked!

22 September, 2017

~In denial~

Friday morning and I’m going through these accounting transactions that just don’t add up; why is it so difficult for people to keep continuity on expenditures?

So, in the middle of my brief moment scratching my head about this ordeal, I see this FB message from a friend of mine to tell me that a new iPhone just came out.  I’m sitting at my desk thinking…. Hold up, she’s right next to me… what is she doing? Is she really expecting me to answer that message?

Okay, so if your friend is next to you and sends you a message on Facebook about something that just came out on the market, you know he/she is addicted…. Right?

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Photo by Glamour; My best Friend is a Social Media Addict

But let’s stop for a minute and think…. What is the real definition of addiction? Because right now, I think most people probably would deny being addicted to social media… but let’s be honest now… how many times do we check our phones, for anything? What exactly are we addicted to?

According to a National Survey from the University of Bergen – Norway, a person who is addicted to social media reflects symptoms of preoccupation, anxiety, mood modification, tolerance, cravings, withdrawal, conflict with daily life shores or tasks, interference with human interaction, relapse, loss of control.   These are the feelings that someone would experience when using or abusing social media, and also drugs (Griffiths, 2005).

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Photo by Infosannio; “Sign-in for Depression”


According to the Development of a Facebook Addiction Scale article, higher levels of addictive social media use, are higher on women than men and younger than older people.  The research also suggested that mostly addicted individuals tend to not be in personal relationships.

During the research, it was also discovered that social media plays a big part on individuals that want to express their ambitions and show their successes.  The recognition these individuals seek, comes from the likes and positive comments that social media returns.  Some individuals may construe this behavior as narcissism because it portrays individuals as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and ego-eccentric. (Alarcon & Sarabia, 2012).

With this in mind, have you ever thought about why, and how, these media products are designed? How the apps on these social networks are designed? Or better yet, have you been brain-hacked? That sounds aggressive, doesn’t it?

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Photo by TechCrucnch; “Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces”


According to an interview published by CBS news regarding social media addiction, Silicon Valley programs phones, social media, and phone apps to get their users hooked.  Their aim is to get people addicted to their products, and that’s how they really stay in business.  And one may ask, how is that so?

During the CBS interview, former product manager at Google, Tristan Harris explained that Silicon Valley programs these devices and products using the “slot machine” effect. What that means to the users is that every time they check their phones, they are playing the slot machine to see what they get; in social media, the same effect is reproduced when people are looking for that number of likes and comments.

That is the incentive people look to receive from these products; this effect on people is how Silicon Valley hijacks people’s minds into creating a habit to continue to pull that slot handle over, and over again.  (Harris, 2014).

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Photo by CBS; “What is Brain Hacking?”

In Conclusion;

Bottom line social media is a behavior disorder; it creates the same feelings that are associated with individuals that have a drug addiction.

Although not a lot of empirical research exists, some has started to develop which has discovered trends, gender, time, amount, the addiction to social media it is a disorder, and Facebook addiction is part of that list of disorders to social media in the same respect to addiction to gambling, gaming, sexting, etc.

A perfect example was my friend, who seats next to me and send me a message on Facebook.  She is unable to put the phone in her purse and focus on work; eventually it will become an issue that she’ll have to face with our boss.

Although many people would state that Facebook is not an addiction, I would agree that it may not be an addiction in the beginning.  I would argue that self control is the key to this phenomena, because the addiction based on research seems to affect greatly the younger populations more than adults.

As I user of Facebook, I would argue that I personally don’t believe being addicted; I do have multiple choices, but use them whenever there is a moment for myself. I would also state that it all depends on the age, maturity, and self-control.

The take away here is that any behavior that is excessive, can turn into an addiction which leads into a disorder.  Every habit we pick, besides being brain hacked, can become an obsession.  The key to maintain is balance, in that is true for most things in life.

~ So… Are you addicted?~

Here’s 10 signs that you are addicted to Facebook

1) You feel pleasure as soon as you login

2) You stay on Facebook longer than what you planned/expected

3) You give up social activities in order to stay on Facebook

4) Interference with your family, work, social life because of excessive Facebook use

5) Anger, tension, depression if Facebook is not available

6) Increased amount spent on Facebook to get the same feeling you had the first time you logged in

7) Spending excessive time creating ideas on how to update and improve your profile

8) Attempts to leave Facebook or stay out of it always fail

9) Logged in all day in Facebook waiting for activity, or posting

10) People around you say your Facebook use is “too much”

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~ Laicos ~

Works Cited

            “The Relationship between Addictive Use of Social Media, Narcissism, and Self-Esteem: Findings from a Large National Survey.” Addictive Behaviors, Pergamon, 19 Mar. 2016, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460316301095#bbb0085.

Constine, Josh. “Facebook Is Building Brain-Computer Interfaces for Typing and Skin-Hearing.” TechCrunch, TechCrunch, 19 Apr. 2017, techcrunch.com/2017/04/19/facebook-brain-interface/

Blog, Addiction Blog Addiction. “Addiction Blog.” Addiction Blog Internet RSS, Addiction Blog, internet.addictionblog.org/am-i-a-facebook-addict-10-signs-of-facebook-addiction/.

Zombie Wednesdays

Florida, 13 Sep 17… On my way to work!

I woke up today so late… all because I couldn’t stop looking at the silly replies on Facebook from my friends and Hurricane Irma. I felt like a zombie all day thinking “why am I doing this to myself,

“why Lord Baby Jesus, why????”                                               

Isn’t that the million-dollar question? I mean, don’t you find yourself wondering why you keep going back to it, what’s so good about Facebook that we can’t just simply say

Nooooo Face Book, not today!!!

Some of my coworkers say that social media is like a virus in our brain, like a Trojan horse, like a DOS, or some other virtual evil that has invaded our ability to cope with everyday life. But is that true?

Hey!!!… has anyone analyzed, and researched this? Is there reliable data out there? I mean, “reliable” on the internet, because as far as I’m concerned, I still haven’t seen an option on the medical checklist when you go to medical appointments.

That reads:

  • Do you suffer from Facebookism?
  • Do you feel depressed because Facebook is down in your area?
  • Are you immune to the blue and white colors of Facebook?
  • Are you sad because your boyfriend didn’t post on your wall today?

I mean, is Face Book really affecting people? What about Instagram, Twitter, and Match.Com, and all these other weird ones like Tango? Are they also making people go bunkers?

And the saddest part is that I got so curious, that I decided to Google it. You know?  Because we always Google things… Libraries, apparently, are a thing of the past. I kind of miss them, but sadly they don’t have room for Facebook drama, so…. I guess I’ll rely on Google for now.

So, while on my Google adventure I ran into so many articles, OMG!!! – People do blog about this, people are really serious about it, I can’t believe even the news have so many articles.  There was so much information, that it would be impossible to even figure with exactitude what’s a reliable source.

Where was I when all of this STUFF was aired out, or published. I thought Facebook was just social media… you know, innocent fun.

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Fox News Insider. (27 Sep 2015). Criminal Couple Duo Robs Bank, Posts Pictures to Facebook 

So here are some articles I found:

Check this out; the World Economic Forum, (Weforum, 2015) published an article on how Facebook is changing our social lives, in 2015.  They claimed that “Facebook users tend to be more extroverted and narcissistic, but less conscientious and socially lonely, than nonusers”.

Hold up!… What are they even basing this information on? That’s a survey on a small demographic area in America. What about the rest of the world who uses Face Book?

They also claimed that “apparently most people” use Facebook to get instant communication and connection with their friends.  (Weforum, 2015)                   Really? Is that what they use Facebook for?

Because according to the Daily Mail in UK, (Daily Mail, 2017) there is a face book crime every 40 minutes – and it goes from full crime to misdemeanors. How many users haven’t been harassed, murdered, kidnapped, raped, or other by someone they met on Facebook? And this is just a newspaper in UK responding to crime, but what about the rest of the world? (Daily Mail, 2017).

I ran into a CNN (2014) post dedicated to Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, and Dustin Moskovitz – the Harvard dorm room buddies who created this time bomb as I call it; after reading the line where they state “We are, after all, only human”… I nearly fell off my chair. (CNN, 2014)

I mean, I get it, the kids are geniuses – but the time bomb they created has become a playground for so much crime. Did they not think this would eventually happen?

Then they go about the good and the bad, and I nearly chocked this time, because not once they mentioned the implications their creation has brought to our society.

All they focused on, was on how many facebookers overshare, poke, don’t poke enough, what makes people happy, or doesn’t, I mean… they talk about the insignificant things while there are so many critical others that they should be accountable for.

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CNN. (31 Jan 2014). 5 Ways Facebook changed us, for better and worse

People, UNDERSTAND THIS… Social Media is infested of predators that are opportunist; they are waiting for an opportunity to commit crime, and they use media because “WE”, are too complacent. Do you know what I mean?

Hawkinson J. (23 Nov 2011) Predators on Facebook

Is not just about being lonely on Facebook, or my boyfriend cheated on me with some girl on Facebook that he doesn’t even know! – COME ONNNN!!!

How many crimes do you all think could have been saved, had we had Facebook in the 70s? Do you all know how many cold cases currently exist in America?



Works Cited:

World Economic Forum. (2 Oct 2015). How Facebook is changing our social lives [Blog Post].  Retrieved from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/10/how-facebook-is-changing-our-social-lives/

Daily Mail. (14 Sep 2017). A Facebook crime every 40 minutes: From killing to grooming as 12,300 case are linked to the site [Blog Post]. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2154624/A-Facebook-crime-40-minutes-12-300-cases-linked-site.html

CNN. (31 Jan 2014). 5 Ways Facebook changed us, for the better and worse [Blog Post] Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/tech/social-media/facebook-changes/index.htmlhttp:/www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/tech/social-media/facebook-changes/index.html.

Fox News Insider. (27 Sep 2015). Criminal Couple Duo Robs Bank, Posts Pictures to Facebook [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/09/27/ohio-couple-arrested-bank-robbery-after-posting-photos-facebook

CNN. (31 Jan 2014). 5 Ways Facebook changed us, for better and worse [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/tech/social-media/facebook-changes/index.htmlhttp:/www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/tech/social-media/facebook-changes/index.html

Hawkinson J. (23 Nov 2011) Predators on Facebook. [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://joehawkinson.blogspot.com/2011/11/predators-on-facebook.html

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