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How to NOT waste time on Facebook

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Little did Mark Zuckerberg know that in later years of his creating Facebook, it would turn out to be a new world if its own with more than 840 million users, larger than the population of Europe (Russia included) and even larger than the count of entire Internet users in 2004. That can be considered as a feat of sorts for Mark and his team at the Facebook headquarters but on a serious note, Facebook is no different than a cigarette: Addictive! No wonder its is being refered to as the new Opium for the masses!

Often a user undergoes immense battle with himself just to hit the ‘logout’ button, thinking his crush might just poke him or his manager might just send a reply. Or even maybe his clan may just win the game in Mafia Wars. Unknowingly, Facebook turns out to be a big time enemy of the user, eating away chunks of his important time and thus adversely affecting the productivity of the user.

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Here’s how a user can try to use the best of his time on Facebook and not end up cursing himself for wasting time:

1. Ignore the ticker:

The ticker is one annoying feature in Facebook where it just doesn’t let a user browse in peace. It constantly diverts your attention into what a fellow user is up to. Advice: Just ignore the Facebook Ticker.

2. Block all the incoming app/game requests:

Aah! The more the app/game requests, the more you tend to think about them and the more you end up wasting time.

3. Stop searching for hot boys/girls:

Beware! Everything that glitters is not gold. So don’t fall for a hot girl’s or boy’s display pic and start drooling all over. It might just be fake or an edited version of a ‘Kim Kardarshian’ or a ‘Brad Pitt’. You know you are wasting time finding the likes and dislikes of a profile when there’s no certainty of the information displayed to be true.

4. Never enter into a comment thread:

Newton’s third law exactly fits into here – ‘To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. For Facebook, it is ‘For every comment, there is an equal and sometimes bigger reaction’. Blame the UX designers of Facebook for giving that ‘good feeling’ by pressing the ‘Enter’ button to register a comment. Looks good but let 30 minutes pass by and you’ll find yourself exactly where you started. Better to send off a simple message to the destined user and log out. Try it out. It not just woks but also saves a hell lot of time.

5. Use the ‘Go Offline’ feature quite often:

Ever tried going offline? Ask those who do and you’ll also want to. Stay offline, stay away from those frequent ‘pings’ and then observe your watch. You’ll be surprised to have a whale of time free to do your work. Safe and easy.

We care because there are other things more important than Facebook in life.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Keromalead

    November 19, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    thanks!!! this helped me in doing my assignment!!:)

  2. Mister Lee

    March 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    I dont see much sense in any of the mentioned advice. People use facebook wisely and finds it an amazing platform to be connected with people and things they care the most. And facebook was never an issue or waste of time to lot many of us. and wasting time or addiction is a general thing loosers do. and they do it in multiple ways. including youtube, alcohol or even gambling etc. Blaming irresponsibility on services or products is as dumb as it can be.

    well, again, its yet another point of view, and the article itself seems to be just a fun read.

  3. Navjot Singh

    March 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Cannot help laughing at your post. Dude, seriously once you are on facebook, is this all possible? This post can be written in one line: Delete (not deactivate) your account.

  4. Nick Swarfega

    March 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Liking this thread for the irony.

  5. Anand Khanse

    March 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Nice post.

    By the way, have any de-addiction centers for Facebook addicts opened … yet!?

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