Would you do the same?
Case in point: In just writing this post, I think I logged onto the damn thing about five times.
And like any bona fide addiction, it's hard to quit Facebook without some form of rehab. This recent article in The New York Times says that teens are now banding together to wean themselves off of Facebook because it easily lures them away from studies and college applications.
For example, two of the teen girls interviewed in the piece, Halley Lamberson, 17, and Monica Reed, 16, are holding each others' hands through the process.
"We decided we spent way too much time obsessing over Facebook and it would be better if we took a break from it," Halley said.
Now they only let themselves log on the first Saturday of every month. That's it! Another girl in the article spoke about giving up Facebook for lent. All the interviewees seem to have the maturity and wherewithal to recognize how much time Facebook took away from their studies and their 3D social lives.
An expert interviewed in the article, psychologist Kimberly Young, director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery in Bradford, Pa., agreed that Facebook can become a for-real addiction.
"It's like any other addiction," Dr. Young told The New York Times. "It's hard to wean yourself."
Apparently, as teens begin to log off their Facebook accounts, just as many are logging on. The article cites a Nielsen study confirming Facebooking among teens is still on the rise. As recently as October, more than half of the teens in the U.S. were on Facebook, up from just over 28% last year.
Frankly, I was distracted enough in high school as it was. I don't know how in blazes I would've gotten anything done had there been such a thing as Facebook when I was a teen.
What say you, moms of teens? Wish there were a 10-step program to wean your kid off of Facebook? And what about yourself?
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|