How many times a day do you find yourself logging onto Facebook? 5? 10? 500? Many of us find ourselves powerless over Facebook, logging in at whim without even thinking about it. But you don’t have to let your Facebook addiction control you! That’s right—two Facebook addicts, Dan Peguine and Siavosh Arasteh, are fighting back against Facebook addiction with “Facebook Rehab”, a 2-week online rehabilitation program that challenges participants to cut back their Facebook usage. Could you get by with checking Facebook only two times a day?
Facebook Rehab started out on July 25 as a simple Google Spreadsheet, hosted at http://bit.ly/facebook-rehab. Dan and Siavosh told me, “We decided it was time to become healthier in our Facebook consumption and do more interesting things with our time. For the next two weeks we have decided to login to Facebook no more than twice a day (whether mobile or desktop). We started a public spreadsheet to record our logins and invite our friends to join.”
Anyone can add their name to the spreadsheet and keep track of their daily Facebook usage. Every time you check your Facebook, make a record of it on the spreadsheet. If you’re feeling weak, log in to the Google Doc to find and chat with other Facebook Addicts who are trying to cut down.
Dan and Siavosh have had an overwhelming response to their little Facebook Rehab project and, as a result, are taking things to the next level. They’ve moved things over to FaceAnonymous.com and are asking fellow Facebook Addicts to sign up to find out when they go live. The domain name is great because it pops up whenever you start heading to Facebook.com on autopilot, reminding you that you’re trying to cut back. A little ironic, however, is the fact that you can Like the page and leave a Facebook comment on the FaceAnonymous site…Do those actions count as Facebook checkins? You’ll have to decide that one for yourself.
Until FaceAnonymous.com goes live, you are welcome to add your name to the Facebook Rehab experiment spreadsheet to start your Facebook rehabilitation now. How often do you check in to Facebook each day? Do you think you could benefit from Facebook Rehab?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.