Do you spend too much time on Facebook? Do your friends or family think you spend too much time on Facebook? You may have FAD... Facebook Addiction Disorder. Gemini Adams pokes fun at our addiction to the site in her cartoon book The Facebook Diet:: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox. There's a very good chance you'll see yourself in more than one of the drawings, and it may be mildly uncomfortable to face the truth.
The cartoons are prefaced with "You know you're a Facebook addict when...", and that's when it starts to get funny (or discomforting). If you use Facebook, you'll probably find yourself in at least one of the 49 cartoons that follow. Perhaps it's "You open your account just to check for messages but find you're still sitting there five hours later." Maybe it's "You faint if none of your 4687 'friends' comments, shares, or likes your post within five minutes." I may have to 'fess up to "Your loved ones get really crazy over the amount of time you spend glued to the screen." Yeah, well...
The serious (but still humorous) part of the book comes at the end where she offers up some suggestions for going on a "digital detox" - the Facebook diet. Perhaps you should "Start or join a club. One with real live human interaction, spit, warts, bad breath, and all!" "Power down for 24 hours every week and sign up for undolist.com" might be a good idea. Or, "If all else fails... move to China!"
While the humor quotient is high in The Facebook Diet, the underlying message is one that you shouldn't ignore. Life is not lived through facebook.com. It's lived in the real world, and you do need to step back and figure out where you should be drawing a line between your virtual world and reality. I never used to think I was into Facebook all that much, but I have to admit that I spend too much time thinking about posting, liking, sharing, etc. I *do* need more of a real life.
The Facebook Diet is a fun quick read that I think will hit a little too close to home for a number of people. It's worth the read for both the laughs and the reality check.
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more