Are You Addicted to Facebook? (6) 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.
If you’re looking to spend less time on Facebook then have a plan to make that happen. Make it difficult to be on Facebook. Find other things you can do besides being on Facebook, start reading interesting books, take up a new hobby, enroll in an online college class, write a book, but keep busy in your spare time so you’re not tempted to get on Facebook. You need to control what you do with your extra time, don’t let your brain control you and talk you into going to Facebook. Remember that Facebook cannot be a real family to you, you need real people in your life.
I have had several great experiences with Facebook I want to share a few with you. I have met several people who needed encouragement and have been there for them. When I spoke with some of of these folks, I would hear how their lives changed because of the counseling I gave them. I read posts on my page and I can tell when someone is hurting. I reach out to them and let them know that they are loved and I’m here to help them.
I had one woman ask me questions about finding her way back to God. She had been involved in the church and walked away after her husband had an affair. She wandered for several years in and out of hurtful relationships. Her heart had been broken several times by different men, she was searching for love. She shared with me the many broken promises that were made by these different men. She couldn’t trust men and suffered from depression and hopelessness. She joined Facebook just to see what it was, when she stumbled on my Facebook page. She liked my encouraging posts and sent a friend request. One day she texted me asking for books that could lead her back to God. I suggested a few and she read them and started to ask questions. We spoke on the phone several times over the course of a year and she was feeling the need to connect with God again. Once she made that recommitment her life turned around. She woke up in the morning with a purpose and new joy for living again. She reunited with her two adult children and got to meet her grandbabies. Life was good for her.
She had health issues, and they were beginning to take their toll on her. I received a call from her when she was taken to the hospital. We spoke several times during her stay at the hospital. I could always get a laugh out of her even when she was struggling with her health. Several times she thanked me for being there for her.
One day while shopping at a department store I received a call, I looked at who was calling and it was my friend in the hospital. I answered and said Hi Joyce, how are you doing? There was a pause and a man responded, he said he was her son and wanted to let me know his mother passed away. He said that his mom was so happy that she connected with me on Facebook, and that I spend time with her when her adult children couldn’t. He went on to say, what a great friend I was to his mom in her time of need. He thanked me over and over again for being there for her!
There are many opportunities to reach out to hurting people on Facebook, your job is not to fix them, but to listen and encourage them. You need to have a heart for the broken, lonely, and discouraged people on Facebook.
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 as wellhealth issues, searching for love,. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!