I admit it, I confess... (the true story of a facebook addict)

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It wasn't me--it was the one-armed man!

Hello. My name is Sylvia's Thoughts, and I am a facebookaholic. Yes, I confess, I am one of the millions addicted to this social network. I never thought this would happen to me. But in my own defense, it's not my fault. (Theme from The Fugitive starts) I was very content in my non-facebook world when, one day, my son came over and insisted that I create a facebook page. I said that I didn't want to but he kept after me, telling me how much I would enjoy it (this must have been what it was like for Eve in the garden with the snake). He finally wore me down and I weakened. After my page was created and I started to not only see, but also be contacted by old friends, classmates and long-lost relatives, I thought, "Hey, this is not so bad." That's how an addiction always starts, isn't it? Innocently enough. Just a little. Then before you know it--you're hooked !


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The Devil made me do it!

It was just a little bit at first. Then I discovered the apps and the games. People would even send me hearts and hugs and smiles. Before I knew it, a little bit grew into hours. Then having a stream of witty statuses became all consuming. For example: Woman accidentally shoots her husband. She calls 911. Operator, "Please calm down ma'am. Can you first make sure he really is dead?" Click, BANG! Woman says,"OK, done that, What next?" I couldn't stop ! I needed help! (music from the Psycho shower scene starts) Then I started adding pictures and making albums, one after the other. I gave up scrap-booking. That was 'old-school'. Whenever confronted by a well-meaning friend or relative, I would smile and quote those fatal last words, "I can quit anytime I want to ." It was finally decided that an intervention was in order. But, before they could get one together, they were all sending me 'friend' requests on facebook. What could I do ? How can you blame me ? The power and influence of the 'book' was just to great.

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An offer I couldn't refuse!

I finally hit rock bottom when I started playing Mafia Wars. I had a huge mafia family of which I was the head. All that power... (The Godfather theme starts playing) I was playing night and day, receiving gifts, sending gifts, 'icing' rivals, and having wars between families. Who'd a thought I was a thug at heart? I had boats and planes and mansions all over the world, plus gazillions in the bank. What did it matter if I could only use them on facebook? And then one day it hit me. I wanted to go straight. I wanted to become legitimate. I was tired of running and hiding and fighting. It was time to let my family have computer time also. I started to shut down my mafia family. Don't think there weren't hits out on me all over Mafia Wars on facebook when I started to 'unfriend' people. It was a scary time but I had to do it. My recovery was starting.

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Rehab...

There would be a slight detour...well, maybe not so slight...around my path to recovery. The detour would be called Castle Age. (medieval music starts) I love knights and ladies and castles, etc. This game was right up my ally. We fought and slew monsters. Won new weapons and armor. Any frustrated actors would love this role playing game. It is amazing how many intelligent adults play Castle Age. But then, look at our love of Lord of the Rings and anything medieval. Trust me, it's not just the kids who want to go to those theme restaurants that have knights and jousting! Anyway, I was into Castle Age hot and heavy. It was looking bleak for a while, but things have taken a turn for the better and I only play in moderation now.

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Will wonders never cease?

How did I know this was all going to turn around in my favor? I have now learned how social networking can be more than just drama and gossip and can actually help your business. (Hail To the Chief  plays) Now I spend most of my time posting news items from my blogs and promoting my online store. And since I'm a freelance writer, no one pays much attention to how much I'm on the computer anymore. You can even place ads and recommend your websites. I hardly ever play...what was that game again? I mean, what's a girl to do? So many people to 'friend' and so little time. And guess what??? I've just learned how to 'tweet'!

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Matt in Jax 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Nice funny story.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

You have a good story here it would be fun to read in a BOOK. Do this Sylvia it's all to good to waste.


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

Cute hub. I could picture myself in your position. My younger sister is always trying to get me on Facebook. So far I have resisted and from your hub I think that's a good thing. I already spend too much time on HubPages - I don't need another addiction!


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

writer20-Yeah, I've thought about it. It was hard to just write that little bit. There has just been so much in the past year and a half I've been on facebook. Some funny stuff!!!


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

your cybersister-The thing is, I post my Hubs on facebook and get exposure that way, as well as my blogs. And I've made some really good friends. In fact, I'm meeting one tomorrow. She lives in Tennessee and she and her family's coming here to see relatives and meet me!


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

Sylvia -

I'm just so easily sucked into cyberspace...I'm sure you're right about the exposure for your hubs though. I'm glad Facebook has worked out for you (in spite of the addictive aspect). Enjoy meeting your friend in person.


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks! Be sure to send me a 'friend request' when you join! ;)


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

I'm already on f/b, i will sent you a request.

Do you ever come to my blasted city?


Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago

Is this a new comment thingy? What's blasted city?


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Sylvia's Thoughts 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Silly me...I wasn't signed in!


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sylvia big thumbs up sister. I love this. Rolf, too funny. I praise GOD big time but for His grace because I a computer junkie, am not too into facebook. I can see how it can become addiction, indeed. The intent of the prince of this world Satan. to lead us astray from the work of the Lord, amen. That is his only reason the came to steal, kill destroy.John 10:10 Anyway fb to this day a bit confusing to me. I have hundreds of fb pals and check in on occasion. I started a couple of games when I joined and again for the grace of God I managed to break away. After hours and hours on one game, family farm it dawned on me. It was insanity, hours for what? Devil is tricky amen? I have friends MIA at the hubs and I wonder if they are not hanging at the fb games verses writing. JK, not.? Technology is a Blessing but it can cam steal our heart-for God if we do not guard our hearts n Christ Jesus. Praise God for HIS unending mercy and grace. You are a great writer. Keep on Sylvia

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