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Breaking free from my Facebook addiction

JENNIFER JACK
Last updated 12:50 23/03/2017
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I needed my Facebook fix. I needed that "like" to make me feel I was important.

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Last year I reached the point of no return.

I was emotionally broken and anxious. Afraid and worried.

I found myself crying at the drop of a hat, and the one reason for all of these emotions was Facebook.

Because I had many "friends" who cared about my opinions, Facebook was my source of joy, happiness and excitement.

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It made me feel so good when I got so many responses to my posts.

I soon found out that for me, the responses I was getting were from people who were sitting around and waiting for something to come up for them to respond to.

I noticed that some of these people were depressed and were on Facebook all the time trying to get someone to "like" and respond to them. 

I realised this was me.

I was checking my Facebook several times a day. I had the app on my phone and needed to have access to it.

I realise now it was an addiction. I needed my Facebook fix. I needed that "like" to make me feel I was important.

Getting away from it was the only way for me to be emotionally healthy again. I deleted Facebook from my life.

I decided that it was important for me to have face-to-face conversations. To pick up the phone and hear someone's voice for a change.

To go back to hearing the emotion in people's voices, not misconstruing some text on a computer or phone screen.

I decided to be social without social media.

I have been Facebook-free for more than a year.

I find on the odd occasion that I get a person who can't find me when they search and I have to tell them I've deleted my account.

But that's OK - these are the people who truly care, the ones I actually want to connect with.

I haven't felt depressed or cried for no reason since I've been Facebook-free.

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I like to read books and magazines, and spend time reading or playing games with my daughter. I couldn't be happier.


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