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Are you addicted to social networking? Here is how to tell
Everybody loves to keep in touch with his or her friends always. We cannot refuse, social networks helping us on this most of the time. It is taking major part in networking with friends and long distance relatives. Nevertheless, do you accept that too much of anything is good for nothing?
These days we can hear complaints from most of the parents that their children are always hanging around with mobiles and surfing internet. They are spending more than 8hrs in internet everyday. May be you are one of them who are “addicted” to social networks. You might not admit this fact right away. But there are some signs which can clearly make you realize whether you are one or not.
Clear signs you are addicted to social networking
- Searching for your mobile or computer as soon as you wake up.
- Taking selfies just to post it in social networks.
- Publishing your daily activity instead of your diary.
- Waiting for comments and feedback for your posts.
- Annoying your friends by sending online game invitations.
- Avoiding “real friends” and the “real time” spending with them and spending time with "Virtual World Friends".
- Obsessed with profile viewers stats.
How can you come out of this addiction
If you are one of them, do not worry. Before it is too late, you can come out of this addiction by following the below mentioned tips.
- Realize the difference between the real and virtual world.
You might have seen people having 800 or more friends in their friends list. However, how many of them you know in real life?
- Do keep your limits with your virtual friends.
Do not share your personal details with them before you get to know them properly. Do not try meeting your virtual friends if there is no real necessity. Before meeting them in real world, do not commit yourself in a relationship with them. Most of the people try faking their identity. Do not get caught to the bullies.
- Do privacy settings to your photos and posts
Before you join any social networks or as soon as you joined, check for their security and privacy options. Disable all e-mail alerts except which you consider as important. Else, your mailbox will be filled with spammy and unwanted e-mail notifications. Lock your photos from public view. Make it visible only to your close friends. Be sure those photos will not get caught to wrong hands who can use them for pornography, advertisements etc.
- Spend your time with your family, friends, and loved ones.
Try minimizing your time you spend with social networks. If you spend too much of your time in social networking, you will not have any time left for real world activities. You may lose your good friends. This will affect the relationship between you and your friends, spouse or family. You may lose your reputation in your office. You may become a victim of cyber crimes.
- Start a new hobby.
Try starting a new hobby which can help you to keep fit or ease your mind. If you can’t avoid internet at all, try to start a new and interesting hobby which is connected to net such as web content writing, blogging, photography (you can have online exhibitions or sell online), ebay marketing(buying and selling via ebay), etc. You can spend your time useful the same time you can earn money.
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- Separate some time for relaxation.
You can do yoga, exercises, listen to music, watch TV, go for a walk or you can have peaceful nap. Join for fitness classes or gym. This will help you to relax.
- Give priority to the people who are around you.
When you are with friends and family, give importance to them, not to your mobile or laptop. This will improve your relationship with them.
- Stop publishing your activities on the social networks.
Do not write anything when you are sad or angry. Be cautious about what you are writing. Do not ever try commenting about your office, boss, or colleagues. If you are going through a nasty break-up, it is always not necessary that everyone around you should know about it. No emotional updates. Some needs to be kept private. If you really feel like expressing yourself, start writing a diary. This will help you and save you in many ways.
- Not everyone show they care, actually care.
Remember that when you have problems and when you shout it out to the whole world, half of them are glad that you have them and the other half don't care. Cut the crap.
- Close down or delete your social network account if necessary.
If your addiction has gone to the extreme, you can have your life back only by cutting down what is eating your life. You can live without it actually.