Vojtech Rinik

Healing a Facebook addiction

Posted on 2013/05/26

Here are some ways to eliminate your Facebook usage throughout the day, and at the end I present my very own hack that seems to be working pretty great for me.

#1: Just don't go there

Make a decision to stay away from Facebook until late evening, or to only go there once a week. Sounds nice, but it's actually pretty hard.

#2: Deactivate your account

Wish you could, don't you? I couldn't because there are a lot of people who don't have/don't care about my email address... I guess Facebook is slowly killing e-mail.

#3: Only use the messenger app

I did this for a couple of months. I changed my password to something random and didn't go to the website. It was nice, but I actually missed Facebook, mostly picture sharing.

#4: My hack to visit Facebook only once a day

Only once a day. I changed my password to something long and random, and I made a program that will store it, and only give it to you once a day.

Here's how it works:

  1. Set your password
  2. The program will encrypt it and store to the disk (~/.once)
  3. If you ask for the password, it'll copy it to the clipboard (But only once a day!)
  4. You log in to Facebook, use it, then log out.

Of course there are ways to go around this, but for me, it's just not worth the effort. So this solution works pretty great.

Question for you: If you use Mac, would you buy an app to manage this process? It would handle multiple websites, and you could set how many times a day you can use the website... It would be priced at $2.99.

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