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Hello my name is Nee & I’m a Facebook addict.

Whether it’s on my iPhone, iPad or laptop I cannot help checking FB. I really feel this compulsion is starting to invade and dominate my life. It’s the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. I have even been known to check if I get up in the middle of the night to go to the loo!

I don’t understand the fascination with all the games (farmville, tycoon etc) that folk play. But then I’m not a games person. I’m a people person. I love to comment on my friend’s statuses and pictures.  I’m sure my near daily status updates drive my mates mad. It’s got to the point that instead of calling or texting a friend, I’ll send an inbox message or post on their wall.  Sometimes it even feels like my husband and I converse more via posts than we do in person!

So… I’ve decided to take action. I need to cut back.

To enforce this I’m going to delete the FB app from my phone. No more checking every time I make a coffee at work or flicking through someone’s holiday pics while I’m waiting for the kids to finish their breakfast. I cringe at the thought that my children think that life is lead with a phone in hand, for that is certainly the behaviour The Man and I are modelling these days.

I have to say my love for FB will not be diminished though. I love the feeling of community I get from FB. I’m terrible at getting around to organising social gatherings or making phone calls but with FB it only takes a touch and a scroll to connect with people I care about and find out what’s happening in their lives. If I’m having a bad day with the kids I can guarantee that one of my friends will be in the same boat and we will be able to offer each other words of comfort and support. Likewise, if I’m having a great day or am proud of an achievement, there will always be someone who is right there cheering for me. That is the magic of social networking and what makes it such a fundamental element of how we communicate today.

What’s your relationship with FB?  Do you love it or loath it?