Do you find yourself checking MySpace several hundred times a day? Do you neglect the other important things in life? How many bulletins did you post in the last hour? Is MySpace open in another window right now? If so, then you may have a problem. Here’s how to wean yourself off of MySpace so that you can resume living offline…
How to Defeat a MySpace Addiction
- Admit you have a problem. This may be hard, but accepting that MySpace has taken over your life is an important step into overcoming your addiction. If you simply can’t resist the urge to check your home page, then it’s clear that MySpace is controlling you and not the other way around.
- Stop communicating with people through MySpace and correspond with only those you know, as fellow addicts only contribute to your problem. If you don’t want to cut them off completely, consider just taking the friendships that you value off of MySpace. Get their phone numbers, email addresses, AIM screen names, ICQ numbers, or any other information that may be a way of contacting them outside of MySpace. (See Tips.)
- Print out your page. You’ve probably personalized it and tweaked it to reflect your personality. In a way, it’s a work of art that you created. You don’t want it to be lost forever, so save a copy in print. Having a hard copy will make it easier to let go of your profile online.
- Start deleting all of the images, comment boxes, background settings, songs, videos, and anything else you put on the page that didn’t come with it. Make it into a plain MySpace profile, like it was when you started it.
- Post several bulletins announcing that you will be no longer available on MySpace.
- Delete your main pictures, blog, comments, friends, etc. If your profile is set to private, set it back to normal. Reset the information about yourself.
- Change the headline to “No Longer Available” or some other indicator that you no longer use MySpace.
- Stop using MySpace. Get an e-mail filter and set it to block MySpace, Facebook, or any other similar sites.
- Find other creative activities to do. Try to find activities that both amuse you in the short-term and benefit you in the long-term. MySpace only provides a short-term pleasure (usually).
- Very importantly, keep in contact with your friends through phone, e-mail, or messenger! Not talking to them may make you want to return to MySpace.
- After waiting a good month and re-establishing your life, go back and delete your MySpace. It shouldn’t, at this point, rip your heart out to do so.
- People who hardly know you may not want to give you personal information and may feel uncomfortable interacting with you outside of MySpace.
- Find other activities to do with your time. Learn to program, write a book, etc.
- If MySpace is your homepage, change it to a personalized Google homepage.
- If your real-life friends and family members use MySpace, inform them that you’re trying to stay away from it, and ask that they don’t sign on when you’re around.
- It may be really hard to keep in touch with some people, especially if they are MySpace addicts. If you want to talk to them outside of MySpace, but they don’t sign onto AIM or you feel awkward calling them, you may want to try weaning them off MySpace as well. Remember, real friends don’t let friends be MySpace addicts.
- If you’re like most people, MySpace will lose it’s appeal after a few weeks of steady or perhaps heavy use. Eventually the grandness will fade away and you will get sick of playing the waiting game for your friends to respond to your over-simplistic comments or messages. If you’re like me, nothing beats simply picking up the phone and calling your friends to see how they’re doing. Eventually, not only will you have no interests in signing on to MySpace, you will have no need to.
- Change your password by closing your eyes and randomly typing. This may require you to copy and paste to confirm your new password. Just be diligent in not peeking or writing this down.
- MySpace addictions are serious matters and should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you know is addicted to MySpace (symptoms listed above), please help them immediately.
- MySpace is now a site frequented by predators of a variety of types. It is strongly suggested that anyone associated with the site, either actively or not, to do everything possible to protect themselves from the constant trolling of those who would seek to take advantage of the site’s weaknesses and faults.
Things You’ll Need
- Internet connection
- Other activities to do
- A strong will
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