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5 Reasons to Stop Checking Facebook... for ONE Whole WEEK!

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5_Reasons_to_Stop_Checking_Facebook..._for_ONE_Whole_WEEK-lsstop checking facebookAre you addicted to Facebook?

I know I am!

I've been on Facebook for a decade now & I can't imagine keeping up with friends, family & the world without it.

What about you?

Do you jump on the website every once in a while just to catch up with family & friends? Or do you peruse the news feed every chance you get -- even while sitting on the toilet?!

Guilty as charged!

And sometimes my addiction has me wanting to log off Facebook for good. So if you're hooked on Facebook like I am -- this post is for you.

I've compiled 5 compelling reasons to stop checking Facebook RIGHT NOW!

And I hope this list gets you thinking about taking a break from Facebook -- even for just a week.

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5 Reasons to Stop Checking Facebook... for ONE Whole WEEK!

1. Procrastination

checking-facebookThis is probably my biggest downfall!

Every second I waste scrolling the news feed I could be participating in a much more valuable activity -- like working, exercising or playing with my kids.

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I'm on Facebook a lot for work, but I figure about half the time I spend on the website I could be doing other things.

Pro Tip

Instead of staring all day at Facebook, set aside 5 minutes at the top of each hour to look at the news feed & respond to comments -- then get back to work!

2. Addiction

checking-facebookFacebook is addicting... just like drugs, alcohol & junk food!

And addictions are bad!

Do you find yourself needing to check Facebook at the same times each day?

If so, you may have a problem.

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A recent study in Sweden found these disturbing patterns among Facebook users:

  • Average user spends 75 minutes per day on Facebook
  • Average user logs on to Facebook over 6 times per day
  • 70 percent of users log in to Facebook each time they start their computer or device
  • Women spend about 81 minutes per day on Facebook, men spend about 64 minutes

3. Bad Diet

checking-facebookIf you're like me, you often eat at your desk so you can surf Facebook!

Doh!

How many times have you grabbed a snack at work only to sit at your desk & scroll the news feed?

More than you care to admit, I'm sure.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that those who used Facebook at meal times were "more likely to make an unhealthy food choice compared to those who did not browse Facebook".

Facebook can wait! Stay away from social media when you're having a meal.

Your waistline will thank you for it!

4. Nosey Bosses

checking-facebookUsing your work computer to surf Facebook might get you fired!

That's right, I said it.

You might even find yourself in hot water if you use your company's Wi-Fi to surf Facebook from your mobile device.

These days companies hire & fire people based on their social media activity, so it might be best to avoid Facebook during working hours.

Capiche?

5. Depression

Stare at Facebook all day & you'll truly see the good, the bad & the ugly.

There will be lots of images & links that bring you down.

Even the positive stuff can really bum you out. Researchers at Humboldt University found that seeing vacation photos from others & reading stories about the successes of friends can cause feelings of jealousy, misery & loneliness.

Which may lead to depression!

Will You Stop Checking Facebook?

If you feel like you just can't live without Facebook -- you're not alone.

I feel that way all the time!

I'm constantly checking Facebook from my phone, computer or whatever other device is handy at the time.

I hope this list has you thinking about reasons to ditch Facebook -- even if it's only for a few days.

Scott Ayres
Scott Ayres

Co-author of Facebook All-In-One for Dummies and "Ambassador of Awesome" at Post Planner, Scott became addicted to social media before even MySpace (the first time around!). Scott handles training for the Post Planner app as well as Customer Support, Blogging and Social Media. He's been married for 21 years and has 3 kiddos who are his world! Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

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