I feel that although I do not use Facebook that often, I do seem to access it quite frequently out of habit. Automatically I will start typing in Facebook in the address bar and hit enter out of habit and see my news feed. I can also access it simply on the app on my smartphone too.
Like many, I occasionally fall victim to browsing Facebook aimlessly for a while, wasting some time that could be better used. The problem is that it is so easy just to look around Facebook, as it is to pointlessly surf the web.
Recently I discovered a way that seems to be working for me so far. Don’t get me wrong, I still type in Facebook in the address bar without even thinking about it, or touching the app on my phone.
The difference now is that I log out each time I use it. This means that every time I access it again, I have to provide my login details to access my account. I find this obstacle effective – most of the time I do not login, but instead get on with something else.
In this case, I have worked with my habit by regconising I keep typing in the web address or accessing the app that automatically logs me onto my account. By creating this extra step, it doesn’t stop me accidentally typing in the address, but it stops me seeing my news feed.
Maybe the trick is not to allow your computer to remember your password, as it is all too convenient to login without even thinking about it. Minimalism has helped me to take more responsibility for all areas of my life; why not extend it to social media?