5 Ways To Break Your Facebook Addiction And Create More Time For Language Learning

avoid distraction from websitesYou have the best of intentions …

You plan to study …

But then Facebook happens. 

45 minutes later, your textbook lies unopened on the table.

You’ve done it again!

But don’t worry – there’s still hope.

Here are five quick ways to get your Facebook addiction under control, and create extra time and focus for language learning each week.


1. Eradicate Your Newsfeed

This amazing Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator extension for the Chrome browser blocks your entire newsfeed.

Instead of the endless stream of status updates and ads, you’ll see lots of empty space, and a motivational quote to get you back on task!

how to stop distraction from social media facebook

2. Block Facebook Entirely

how to stop distraction from social media facebookThese great free apps allow you to avoid distracting websites by completely blocking access. 

Simply enter the websites you want to be rid of, set the time period you want to block access for, and click “Go!”

Once you’ve set it to run, there’s literally no way to access these sites on your computer… even restarting it won’t help!


Alternatively, if you really need access to Facebook from time to time use the LeechBlock plugin for Firefox to record your time spent on Facebook and boot you off after a specific period of time.

3. Facebook-Free Mobile

If you successfully implement #2 and block access to Facebook from your desktop, there’s one obvious risk that remains …

You can sidestep the whole thing and get online from your phone!

I suffered from this absurdity for a while, until one day I plucked up the courage to simply delete the Facebook app from my phone. 

Things got a lot simper after that.

Really – there’s no good reason you need Facebook on your phone.

Do you sometimes get important messages on Facebook? Just tell people to email or SMS you instead.

They’ll quickly get used to it.

4. Nail Your Notifications

Not ready to disable Facebook entirely?

Then start by removing the main distractor of all … notifications.

  • Click the notifications (globe) icon
  • Look for the small “settings” option and click it
  • Start by disabling sound alerts, so you won’t get sucked back into Facebook whilst browsing other sites
  • You can’t disable everything, but all non-essential notifications like birthdays, tags, groups and games can all be turned off

how to stop distraction from social media facebook

how to stop distraction from social media facebook

5. Kill The Chat

how to stop distraction from social media facebookMessages and Chat are not the same thing.

Did you know you can disable the pop-up chat boxes, whilst still receiving all your messages safely in the “Messages” area?

Here’s how …

  • Click the cog in the chat sidebar (currently located in the bottom-right corner)
  • Click “Turn off chat”
  • Whilst you’re at it, click “Hide Sidebar”

Remember, all your messages can still be found in the main “Messages” area, so you won’t miss out on anything important.

The best policy of all is simply to move your communication off Facebook and onto email or SMS.

Don’t let other people’s agendas control what you are able to get done.

How much more time and focus could you dedicate to language learning each week if you got your Facebook activity under control?

Why not pick just one of these simple tricks, and put it into action right now?

Your language learning may never be the same again 🙂

Finally, please help make the language learning world a better place, and share this post on Facebook right now! (Irony intended!)

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  • Some great ideas, Olly! I really dislike chat features that automatically highlight you as available and have it switched off as much as possible. It’s also annoying with Facebook because once you open a message you can’t mark it as unread, meaning that you have to reply there and then or make a note to do so later – by which point you could have replied! Grr…Facebook!

  • Olly, great article! We absolutely love your blog. Sometimes, just becoming aware for how often we get distracted is a big first step in taking control and not reacting to all those chirps, beeps, and dare I say… buzzzing of your cell phone (pardon the bee pun). Another cool tool for becoming more aware of where your time goes online is: https://www.rescuetime.com/. Even if you only use it for a couple days you quickly realize where those precious minutes wonder. Keep up the great language tips!

    • Hey, thanks for the comment. I’ve tried using Rescuetime a few times, and it’s certainly cool, but I found that I never really knew what to do with the information. It told me things like I spent my time on gmail, word etc… things I already knew. I’d be interested to see what kind of action people take as a result of the reports.

      • It’s a good point. The app is not very prescriptive. That said, it helped me realize that despite my attempts to “batch” email correspondence, my total time spent on email was eye popping. And I’m already bug-eyed 🙂 I started setting a goal of no more than 1 hour every other day on email (and set an alarm if I went over). Just one little perspective… Any hoot, again great blog. Keep it up!

  • Olly ~ Your blog/emails are the one thing I DO make time for 😉
    Mit besten Grüßen,
    Daniel Léo Simpson
    San Francisco

  • bee

    If you really have trouble breaking away from Facebook, subscribe to several Facebook pages in your target language. Choose a variety of pages on different topics-news, arts, entertainment, sports–or focus on a specific area of interest. My feed is at least half in Arabic now, and I make a concentrated effort (15-20 minutes a day) to read the Arabic posts rather than just scrolling through them.

  • Really good tips. I don’t have Facebook in my phone and it works for me. I normally check Facebook once a day in my computer and I try to be conscious when I log in; remember that I don’t want to spend much time there. The problem is when we “accidentally” log in without thinking about it…

  • Rouillie Wilkerson

    Ack! I’m busted! I was just thinking about this! Too funny. 😉