Do you find yourself checking your MySpace page every hour, or even every twenty minutes? MySpace might be great for social networking but is also can become addictive and isolating. You may meet strangers online or chat with your friends so it seems like you are being sociable but you might also notice that you are losing real friends. If your MySpace usage is getting out of hand and you want to quit your addiction, follow these directions.
- Start with a single day break. If you aren't sure you have a problem but you are developing a concern, try taking a break. Turn off MySpace and your computer then don't return for twenty-four hours. If you are pained or panicked due to withdrawal, it's time to admit you have a problem and move to step two.
- Honestly acknowledge your problem. This is the most difficult step in the process. Admit your problem then decide to do something about it so you can defeat the addiction. Tell someone and write down the admission so you cannot avoid it later when you are tempted to return to MySpace.
- Turn off email notifications. If you have email notifications set up that notify you of messages from friends on MySpace, turn them off. This will remove the constant reminder and temptation to check your page or your friends' pages to see what's going on.
- Announce your decision to avoid MySpace. Post a notice on your MySpace page to let your friends know you are taking a break. If you can, let them know that you are trying to quit the addiction and ask for their help. Ask friends to join you on your sojourns out of the house.
- Call friends on the phone. Get back in touch with your friends. Start making phone calls, not texting, so you can see who is around and what is new. Be prepared that your friends may have their own MySpace addictions and prefer not to talk on the phone. Let them know you are trying to get away from your addiction and ask for their help.
- Clean up your page. If MySpace is still pulling you back into its clutches, you may need to make it less appealing. Remove the music and photos from your page. Get rid of anything that makes you want to spend time on the site. Creating a plain page will also deter your friends from visiting which will make it even less tempting for you.
- Get out of the house. It is easier to step away from MySpace if you are away from the computer. Leave home and go to the mall, see a movie or take a walk. Do something that takes you out of the house and if possible gets you and your friends together in person.
You can defeat a MySpace addiction. With a little patience and some active distance, you can break the habit. Once you do you might even get your friends to follow in your footsteps.