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Yesterday, I gave my Facebook password to my wife and asked her to lock me out of Facebook for a week.  I was spending too much time on Facebook, it was all too easy to spend hours online catching up, especially during exam season or recruiting season where there’s plenty of other things to do.

As I was thinking about this, I was wondering what would happen if the disgruntled parents of teenagers or employers unhappy with unproductive employees got together and a social resistance emerged against Facebook kind of like the way smoking or illegal drugs etc are looked down upon.

The more I thought about this, the more realistic the possibility seems. How many of us thought we would spend this much time on Facebook, even two years ago? I for one did not. The growth is still exponential, and Facebook has added in a lot of new claws to keep you engaged once you are on, games, apps, etc. How dissimilar is it really to lets say smoking? Can we quantify the benefit we get from our 600 online friends? What it takes away can definitely be quantified.

Anyway, this is not an anti-Facebook post, I love Facebook, it’s just that it just feels a little uncontrolled right now. And with anything uncontrolled, anything is possible.  I can’t imagine this is not something that Facebook has thought about as well, as “Facebook Addicts Anonymous” type groups have sprung up. How then would they tackle this? Would they take away the little social apps and games that everyone loves and have a 1,000 startup companies excited? I can think of a lot of people cringing at that idea. What then?

Let me know what you think.


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