Here's an interesting article for those of you who are needing help with time management and who are on the fence about doing something empowering with how you spend your time online.
Facebook never, ever, ever wants you to leave. That’s why it’s replicating features from other apps and pulling content like videos and news articles inside its app. The more time you spend on Facebook, the more it accomplishes its “open and connected” mission, and the more money it makes by showing you ads. Here’s 20 new ways it’s assimilating the Internet, in GIFs and photos.See: http://techcrunch.com/gallery/the-internet-is-like-a-series-of-facebooks/
It is true. Facebook, like most other websites, wants you to spend as much time possible on their site. Some would argue that this is merely how a business makes money. For the most part, that's how businesses on the internet work. Yet, as people, we have to consider how we spend our own lives and what we do with our time. Facebook wants you to spend hours at a time on their website, but you have a choice as to whether you will do that. Facebook has engineers who are doing whatever they can to make the site more addictive. Do you really want to be addicted to a website? What about your children? Do you want your children to grow up being on a website that is addictive and time consuming?
A while back, people used to say that there was no way that the internet could be addictive. They said that only things like drugs and alcohol could be addictive. Websites were something everyone could walk away from. Yet, look at the world, with many people having their phones stuck in front of their faces. I think it's obvious now that a website can be addictive. I think it is apparent now that websites like Facebook change how people think. I think it's also obvious that websites like Facebook make people feel depressed when logging off and we spend much time while away from these sites thinking about something we saw on them earlier.
People Taking a Break From Facebook For a While - Only To Return Shortly After
When I was on Facebook I noticed some people who said that they had to leave for a while because they could not stand what others said. Those people always seemed to come back, sometimes within hours. Some would state that they were leaving, but post a few more things before they left. Sometimes a person would come back to "check" in but state that they were not back yet. Facebook is incredibly addictive. For many, it is the internet, and this is how Facebook wants it. You can do almost everything that you can do on other entertainment websites right in Facebook. Not only that, but you can share those things with others and see what others are doing. You do not have to even leave your screen to visit family and friends. It's an (a)social wonderland!
Do You Have More Important Things To Spend Your Time On?
Every day Facebook is engineering the site to make it harder and harder for you to get away from it. Yet, when you deactivate and leave, you don't really think much about it. Life goes on. There's so much to see, to accomplish, to do in the outside world that being on Facebook is such a waste of time. Are you going to spend your life behind a screen, or do you have something more important to live for? Do you have goals, dreams, a relationship with God, or something else that is far too important for Facebook? If so, please share in the comments.
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