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How to beat facebook addiction

tech reviews Updated: Aug 15, 2010 00:22 IST

Admit you have a problem: You know you are addicted to this social networking website if you ignore your work in favour of Facebook or break into sweat at the thought of quitting the website

Think of alternatives: Try diverting your mind by cooking a new dish, learning a new language, hitting the gym or even going out on a date.

SOS Online: Remove Facebook as your homepage and from your bookmarks list. Also, turn off email notifications and if you have a smart-phone, make sure you don’t use it to check what’s happening on this networking website.

Just quit: Facebook offers the option of deactivating your account temporarily. Do so and focus on what you can do with your newfound time.

Move to the ‘real’ world: Take a break from your ‘internet friends’ and go out and meet your near and dear ones in person. If the urge to log on is too strong, try to meditate, solve a crossword, or just catch up with your friends over the phone.