The Perils of Facebook

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facebookI signed up for Facebook about two years ago.  I didn’t really see what the big deal was with it, but since my family was making the transition away from Myspace I decided to try it out.  It was fun to be friends with family and friends.  I reconnected with many old friends that I haven’t seen in years.  Most of them I probably won’t see again, but at least I know how that doctor visit went.

After a couple months of checking out friends profiles and important tasks like that, I was invited to play a game.  I didn’t know Facebook had games before that so I accepted and starting playing Mob Wars.  With many of the games like that, it is advantageous to have a large number of friends in your group.  I added all the family and friends I had that played that game, but didn’t even have 30.

That is when I discovered you could add other people that played the same game and join their group thus making you stronger.  At first I would add a friend and delete them once they joined my group as was customary with Mob Wars, but then I was invited to scores of other games.

I was playing Mob Wars, Vampire Wars, Mafia Wars, Might of Many, Street Racer, Dragon Wars, Gangsters, Farm Town, Fish Wrangler, and a few others that I don’t remember.  Can you even fathom how much time I wasted on those games? I don’t even want to try to think about the hours that I wasted playing those games.

After a few months I realized that it was taking too much time so I cut down to about five games that I played everyday.   After more time passed I was able to wean my self off of more and now I am down to three.

Eventually I will cut them out completely, except for maybe Fish Wrangler because I have friends that depend on me for night fishing.  My problem is that I don’t want to stop playing some of them yet, but I know it will be better for me if I do. I still get my list of tasks done most days, but I could accomplish more if I didn’t have to check my Facebook wall.

As I was building my friend list to around 1,000 I was thinking that I will use Facebook to market products or services that I will offer in the future, but I will probably delete most of the friends and only keep those that are family, friends, or added through business groups.

If you haven’t started playing those silly games on Facebook, Don’t Do It!  It is a waste of time and distracts from productivity.

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