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    Quiz: Are You Spending Too Much Time On Social Networking Sites?

    Social networking on sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter is a lot of fun! After all, we get to spend time connecting with friends and learning what’s going on in other appropriate social circles. However, it’s very important to set limits on how much time you devote to these sites. Take a minute to try this true/false quiz to see if you’re spending a little too much time on social networking sites!

    Answer “Yes” or “No” to the following questions:

    1. Do you find yourself spending SEVERAL hours a day on social networking sites?
    2. When you’re studying for a test, do you sometimes stop studying just so that you can post on Facebook?
    3. Does it take you longer than necessary to finish homework because you frequently stop to participate in social networking?
    4. Do you frequently check social media sites while you’re at school?
    5. Are you engaged in social networking while you’re in church or Sunday School?
    6. Do you spend more time on social networking sites than you do reading the Bible and other wholesome books?
    7. Are you on social networking sites when you’re doing family activities?
    8. Are you bored and don’t know what else to do if you don’t have access to Facebook (e.g. your computer is down or your cell phone isn’t cooperating)?
    9. Do your parents complain that you spend too much time on social networking sites?
    10. Do you ALWAYS post on Facebook instead of picking up the phone and giving someone you love a call?

    Results:

    If you have 4 or fewer “Yes” responses:

    Congratulations! You’re able to balance your online and offline activities. You know that social networking can be fun, but you also understand there’s more to life and having fun than living on the computer. Good job!

    If you have 5-7 “Yes” responses:

    You’re usually pretty good at balancing your online and offline life; however, you do get distracted sometimes. Remember, social networking is fun and useful, but don’t let yourself be torn away from more important things.

    If you have 8 or more “Yes” responses:

    You may want to reconsider how much time you spend on social networking sites. Social networking is fun and can be quite useful, but balance is important. There are SO many more things to experience OFFLINE. We’re not saying to stop networking online, but make sure that you prioritize what’s most important first.

    Note: Social networking is great and we especially love to see you interacting on Project Inspired’s website and Facebook page. We don’t discourage you from using any appropriate social networking site, but it’s important to balance your online and offline life!

    How much time do you spend on social networking sites each day? Do you ever feel like you spend too much time online?

    Aysha Ives
    Aysha Ives loves God with her whole heart and has a desire to help hurting people. With a Masters Degree in Psychology, she combines her education and experience with her love for God to help people live whole and fulfilled lives. Aysha is an Author, Mental Health Provider, Youth Church Teacher, and the mother of one gifted little boy whom she absolutely adores. Aysha is honored to be able to share her love of God with Project Inspired readers. Aysha is also the author of God Cares About Your Stuff: How To Believe For Tomorrow When Things Look Utterly, Completely, And Totally Impossible Today, released February 2013- Available at Amazon.

    9 COMMENTS

    1. I struggle with this a whole lot. I’m homeschooled, so I would get on the Internet whenever I was bored with my school (which was a lot). I’m now really behind on all my schoolwork. So I gave social networks up for Lent, and I’m working to get back on track with all my school. Great article, by the way!

      • I am in total agreement. I gave up social networking for Lent too. I also think this was a great article and end up staying up later doing homework then I have to because I end up wasting time on FB.

    2. Wow I have such a hard time with this! I do online school and I’ve been having issues with staying focused and getting my work turned in on time when I can just go to any site I want whenever I want. It’s so addicting! I’d appreciate you guy’s prayers.

    3. I actually don’t spend as much time on social networks as the average person BUT I do spend A LOOOOOT of time on YouTube…
      I don’t realize the hours flying by when I could be doing something more productive. I have to practice self-control.
      Could you please make an article on self-control? 🙂

    4. I actually prayed to God to help me stay away from Facebook, especially during this time when I am preparing for my public exam, which is super important if I wanted to get into college. It really worked! Social networking sites keep me informed of my favourite celebs, and also serves as a platform for me to share my Christian faith with my friends…and I spend less time on them now, occasionally retweeting or posting encouraging Bible verses to share with my friends and encourage them. So praying really does help. Also, try using the sites as a platform to spread the Gospel, give encouragement and also glorify God!

    5. I got like 4, counting the two that were “sometimes” as half each. I actually, when I’m on the computer, leave facebook open most of the time so that if a certain someone I rarely speak with gets on, I can catch him while he’s online and get to talk to him. When I’m on my computer though I’m usually working on my book, or rearranging my music, or something else.

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