We all do it. When we’re supposed to be working, or sometimes even talking to friends and family, we drag ourselves towards social media.
Often the one we irresistibly check is Facebook. What our ‘friends’ are up to often seems infinitely more interesting than the minutiae of everyday life.
But imagine how much we would get done if we didn’t look at it.
This is where Focusbook comes in, a plug-in which shames you out of using Facebook.
The Chrome plug-in asks you to set a purpose for each time you use the social media site.
When you install it, Focusbook will ask why you want to visit Facebook every time you visit it.
Regular pop-ups and descending blue mist tell you your time is up and it’s time to revisit the real world.
Of course, this only works on browsers and won’t stop you scrolling on the app.
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It is useful for those Facebook binges and distractions at work, however, and will perhaps indicate how much time you spend on the social network.
This comes after news that Facebook addiction activates the same part of the brain as cocaine.
“The impulsive system can be thought of as a car’s accelerator, while the inhibitory system can be likened to a brake,” explained Professor Ofir Turel of California State University.
“In addictions, there is very strong acceleration associated with the impulsive system often coupled with a malfunctioning inhibitory system.”