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Do you find large parts of your day being eaten up my social media? Do you casually look in on your Facebook newsfeed only to discover yourself an hour later enthralled by a video of a good samaritan buying a homeless person a coffee? Addictive right? Well it appears to becoming a psychological condition that is engulfing the masses, so how do you deal with it? Get an App of course.

Here are some Apps and websites with tools and features to help you moderate your social junkie habits.

Moment
It all starts with the device. Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit. o let’s say you want to cap your iPhone use at 30 minutes per day. Once you get to 15 minutes, a notification will pop up, no matter what you’re doing on your phone, telling you that you are halfway to your usage ceiling.

Quality Time

Anti-Social
Want to go cold turkey? Anti-Social is an app that makes it easy for you to target and block any distracting website so you can be more productive. It runs as a plugin in your browser and can be installed on Windows or Mac.

RescueTime
A website that promises to give you an accurate picture of how you spend your time online and helps you become more productive every day. RescueTime claims to give you back an average of nearly four hours each week that you would have spent on social media. Tools include:

  • Website blocking
  • Time tracking
  • Business version for tracking employees

Minutes Please
This one is basic bananas, which in some cases can be a great thing. Simply go to the site, add the website you wish to limit and the amount of time you want to be limited to and then set the timer.
Is you overstay your welcome you will be alerted with a pop up. If you have a real addiction there is nothing to see here and you may need some deeper therapy with an app that has more advanced features.

FB Limiter
This allows users to block access to Facebook and YouTube.

 

Now if getting more tech to cure your tech addiction seems crazy then you can always just implement some of these common sense tricks below:

Here are a few tips that can help you monitor your social network use, and ensure that you are being productive instead of wasting time.

  • Track Your Time Online – The simplest way to ensure you aren’t wasting time in any one place is to monitor your time.  Use a stopwatch and set a limit.  When time is up, log out, regardless of what’s left.  There is always tomorrow.
  • Remember the Telephone –  I know, it’s so primitive.  But a call to a friend works just as well as a Facebook message, and it is real human interaction, something we are losing touch with.
  • Go Outside – get away from your portal to the network.  Get some sunshine, chances are you need it.
  • Limit Your Memberships – There is no need for memberships to 15 different networks.  In fact, there is no need for even 2 memberships of sites which do the same thing.  Choose Facebook or Myspace, but not both.  Digg, or StumbleUpon.  This will probably cut your memberships in half, and hopefully cut the time spent on them down also.
  • Use Your Networks Productively – When I first used twitter I followed anyone, and had thousands of followers.  Strangely though, people rarely responded to my twits, and it was like I was invisible.  I decided I’d only use twitter if I could be productive with it, so I unfollowed thousands of users (now below 200),  and use Twitter only to share and interact with people with similar interests as mine.  Now my Twitter is a tool, not a time warp.
  • Prioritize – Use these tools only when your work has been done, or during down time.  Don’t spend time updating your profile or changing your pic when there is work to be done.  This will not only save you time and increase productivity, but will build self discipline as well.
  • Stop Procrastinating – Many times we get on Facebook or twitter when we have real work that we just don’t want to do.  Stop that!  Get the work done.  Once you finish you’ll have all the time in the world to spend making friends on Facebook.
  • Remove the Cellphone Apps – You don’t really need Facebook or Twitter on your phone.  Nothing on there can be that important.  Save your social networking for when you are behind the desk and limit the distractions throughout the day.
  • Spend More Time With Close Friends and Family – You aren’t the only one who suffers when you spend countless hours on MySpace.  Your family and friends don’t see you, because you are too busy learning how to customize your backgrounds and take crazy pictures from all different angles for your profile pic.  Cut out the cancer and get back to friends and family.

Courtesy of Lifehack

 

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