Just this week a study was released stating that 50% of Americans consider Facebook a fad. That said, millions of American spend countless hours on the social networking site every day. There are many reasons people turn to Facebook, but how do you know if you're a Facebook addict?

You use Facebook to avoid things.

This is common for many vices. Using Facebook to avoid things can start small, such as missing a softball game because you're busy fooling around on the site. Slowly, this can become skipping a class, lunch with a friend or even work. You'd be surprised at how many people troll Facebook for hours, looking up old friends or trying to learn more about someone they have yet to meet. It is a very bizarre fixation many people have with Facebook, but because the site has become such a routine part of society, it's easy to slip into making the social networking site a constant part of your day

We all avoid things from time to time. That's human nature, but it becomes an issue when it's an early sign of depression or become disconnected for friends and family. The idea of virtual friends, whether you've met them in real life or not, is tempting because there's no responsibility. You check in when you feel like it and you're receiving snippets of a person's life throughout the day. There's no real connection and you're wasting time that could be spent with friends and family

You've tried to quit and return to Facebook.

Maybe you've had enough of Facebook, so you've said to yourself you aren't going to visit as regularly as you used to. But eventually, you need to scratch that itch and check in on what people are doing. Like a smoker or any other addict, once you relapse, you may feel like what's the point in trying to quit in the first place. The thing is, you don't have to quiet. When you think of how to to conquer weight loss, you know it isn't the best route to say you'll never have a soda or chips again. It's best to start small and keep things moderate. Balance is key with a diet and it's the same thing with Facebook

Take it one step at a time

There's no need to deactivate your account. You can have success of inching away from Facebook little by little. Start by checking in when you have to leave for an obligation. This limits the time you can spend poking around, trying to learn details of people you barely know. You can also check it at lunch and perhaps during the evening, but doing the latter can turn into an hour or longer spent on the site. Know what you can and can't do. If you know ice cream is  your weakness, you don't keep it in the house! Remove the Facebook app from your phone, so you only check it when you're at your computer versus multiple times per day from your phone

You spend time thinking about or planning for Facebook.

Believe or not, some people think about Facebook when they aren't on it. The itch of wondering who's up to what can be consuming, especially if you're dating someone or out of a breakup and watching that person's moves. Step away from the computer and smartphone and back off. Find something else to do such as a new hobby. Think about things you've wanted to explore, but haven't because you "just don't have time." Now that you aren't on Facebook, you can spend that time doing something constructive.