Are You Addicted to Facebook? (4) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Are You Addicted to Facebook? (4)  By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week we will continue with “Are You Addicted to Facebook”, there will be tips on how to take action and make changes in your life and avoid the pitfalls of addiction to Facebook.

Don’t let Facebook control your life!

I would like you to make twenty-four boxes on a sheet of paper, each square represents one hour during a twenty-four hour day. Record what you’re doing for each hour that you’re on Facebook for one week. Be accurate on what you write down, honesty is key to making this work. I want you to write down the following things you do on Facebook.

  • How many times a day do you log-in or are on Facebook?
  • How much time do you spend wandering through Facebook posts? Are You looking at new FB friend requests? Are you reading up on what your friends are doing? Do you spend hours looking for a conversation that you can post on.
  • Do you respond to pokes or looking at your friend’s updates on their profiles? Do you read history stories, take trivia tests or do you listen to all kinds of music? Do you need Facebook birthday wishes from your Facebook friends to make your day?
  • Do you love reading about peoples drama on their posts? Do you follow this person posts and see what other people are saying in response? Do you get upset if you don’t like what someone said about one of your Facebook friends? Do you take personally some of the things directed at you in a heated discussion.
  • When accepting a friend request, how much do you really know about the person asking for the request? Do they add value and enrich your life on Facebook? Are you using high profile friends to attract other Facebook friends requests?

What attracts you to Facebook and why are you using Facebook? Whenever I talk with clients, I ask them do you have a set of boundaries when using Facebook? What time limits do you put on yourself when on Facebook? Are you using Facebook for leads for your job or company you work for? Do you check out people’s profiles and make sure that your new friend’s requests are good and healthy people for you? There needs to be a value for you when making new friends on Facebook. What do you get out of Facebook? Here are some thoughts I have:

  • Does Facebook give you a better quality of life?
  • Do you enjoy spending time on Facebook?
  • Do you have time to make new friends and keep connected with them?
  • Are you comfortable asking new friends personal questions about family, jobs everyday questions?
  • Does Facebook improve your relationship with others and help you with your own professional life.

There are benefits to having friends on Facebook, I have several that I look forward to talking with on Facebook and talking with them on the phone. I use Facebook for helping others through difficult times. So, if you feel that your addicted to Facebook or are not sure, ask yourself these questions. Do I spend to much time on Facebook during the day? Do I have to keep building my friends list to prove I’m popular? Do I have facebook on my cell phone while eating meals? Do I wake up and go to bed with checking my Facebook page? Do I need help with my addiction to Facebook? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878 if you need help.

Next week, I will continue with “Are You Addicted to Facebook? There will be some tips on how to deal with addictions to Facebook and what to look for in those who you feel have a problem with facebook.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!


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