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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Am I getting Addicted to Face Book?/Internet?

This week Face Book (FB) reached 500 million users. If FB is a nation, it will be the number 3 most populated nation in the world. Today, I am asking myself if I am really addicted to FB. Here's is my daily schedule as far as my Internet usage. Since I am retired, I do have plenty of time to do whatever I want to do besides eating and sleeping. Here is my daily routine here in US. ( I have a totally different routine when I am in the Philippines- 5months in the year-( only about 1 hour of Internet usage daily). I get more exercise when I am in Marinduque.

Wake Up at around 8AM.- Open my e-mail, read FB, read on-line news (CNN and Philippine News), Maintain and read comments on my 8 blogs. Before I know it is 10AM
10AM- 11AM- Leisurely Breakfast
11AM-3:00PM Errands, grocery, landscaping , house cleaning etc...
3:00-5:00PM – Watch Hulu movies in the Internet, play duplicate bridge or bookworm or take a nap
5:00-7:00 PM -Dinner Time and TV news and Talk to My Wife( Very Important to maintain your marriage)
8:00PM-11:00PM- More Internet or TV time, Face Book, write articles for my blogs . On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday , Thursday, I watch my favorite TV shows with wife.
Monday Afternoon -to the Casinos with wife and Friend( next door neighbor)
Sunday Morning-to Church and lunch (restaurant) and in the afternoon baby sits for granddaughter.

As a summary, on the average I use the Internet 5 hours a day(about 15 minutes or less in FB). So do you think, I am a Face Book or Internet addict ? The following is an article I found in the web recently. These are the five symptoms of FB addiction. I do not believe, I am experiencing any one in the list, so I think I am not addicted to Face Book , but a mild addiction to the Internet. How about you ? Are you a FB/Internet addict? If you are, you should get some help from Addiction Counsellors.

You know you're a Facebook addict when:
1. You lose sleep over Facebook
"If you're staying up late at night because you're on Facebook, and you're tired the next day, Facebook may be a compulsion for you," Lipari said. "You shouldn't be neglecting yourself because of Facebook."
2. You spend more than an hour a day on Facebook
Pile says it's hard to pinpoint exactly how much is too much time to be spending on social networking.
"I can't imagine that anyone would need more than an hour a day on Facebook, and probably no one needs more than 30 minutes," she said.
3. You become obsessed with old loves
Reconnecting with old friends is one of the great attractions of Facebook, and there's nothing necessarily wrong with "friending" an old boyfriend or girlfriend. But Pile warns that it can get out of hand very quickly.
"One of my clients met up with an old boyfriend on Facebook. They started spending hours and hours into the night talking to each other on Facebook. She made some really inappropriate comments about how unhappy she was in her marriage," Pile said. "Her cousin saw the comments and told her parents, and the parents told the husband, and now they're in the process of getting divorced."
4. You ignore work in favor of Facebook
"If you're not doing your job in order to sneak time on Facebook, you could have a real problem," Lipari said.
5. The thought of getting off Facebook leaves you in a cold sweat
Sarah Browne, who writes the Guru of New blog, gave up Facebook for Lent last month when she realized that she had a "mild" addiction to the site. She's come up with "Seven Signs You May Be Ready for a Social Media Detox."

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