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How To Stop Facebook Addiction

Do you think you might be addicted to Facebook? Consider these questions:

  • When you wake up to start your day do you begin by immediately checking Facebook?
  • How many hours a day do you typically spend on Facebook?
  • How often do you check your Facebook?

Depending on your answers you may very well be addicted to Facebook. In this article, I’m going to explore the psychology of Facebook addiction and also explain how to deal with it.

But first, you need to understand one crucial point…

Facebook Addiction Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Problem

That’s an important point to understand. The addiction to Facebook is not the problem itself but rather it is a symptom of a larger problem somewhere deeper inside.

Constantly checking your Facebook page (and other peoples pages) is in essence a bad habit. And to overcome any bad habit - it is essential to understand the root cause of the habit before it can be changed.

Trying to reduce your dependence on Facebook without understanding what the source of it is …will inevitably result in failure.

Some common psychological issues that drive increased Facebook use include:

  • Compensating for being too shy in real life: These people feel more secure online. They use Facebook as a way of interacting with people they feel they could never do in real life.
  • Relying on Facebook for social validation: Some people check their wall obsessively and feel validated when people write to them and friend them.
  • Attaching their ego to their Facebook account: Some people try to grow their number of friends and likes as an extension of their ego. They hope to impress others and elevate their status in front of others through Facebook.

Often in life, our bad habits act as covers for psychological issues that we struggle with. And these are just a few examples of the many psychological issues that may be driving a Facebook addiction.

Though they are all different, the underlying commonality between these reasons is a psychological need that is being addressed through Facebook.

How To Get Over A Facebook Addiction

With a better understanding of what is behind Facebook addiction - you are now ready to overcome it.

Simply trying to cut down on the amount of time you spend on Facebook is not the answer. You need to sort out what psychological needs are driving this addiction. It is important to note though that it may not be as simple as one specific need …but rather a combination of underlying issues that are driving your behavior.

For example, a narcissist will constantly use their Facebook page to in order brag about their abilities and successes in life …and to make sure no one else around them is doing as well. This type of person should explore the psychology of narcissism in order to understand what is causing this persistent need …and dealing with that.

Others are constantly checking their Facebook in order to fight off a sense of boredom and restlessness. In this case, they’d be better off exploring the psychology of boredom in order to understand what is causing their unease.

After you address this larger issue you will find that your use of Facebook will be much easier to control.


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