Do you suffer from Facebocrastination?

Smartphone with Facebook login screen

Facebocrastination is epidemic in universities (not really, but university students are prone to the condition). You could be its next victim.

The symptoms are quite obvious. You have an incessant need to check Facebook when you’re supposed to be writing a paper or preparing for finals.

Then there’s the stress. Oh, the stress! Imagine having to write a 3,000-word essay the night before its due because you’ve been too engrossed in your Facebook newsfeed (for most of the semester). Wait, no imagination required…

A couple of clever academics in Germany have studied Facebocrastination and recently published their findings in the scholarly journal, Computers in Human Behavior.

Their article “Facebocrastination?” Predictors of using Facebook for procrastination and its effects on students’ well-being (2016) is a fascinating read… no, really! Head over to ScienceDirect to read it online (Griffith staff and students have access to the full-text).

Meier, Reinecke and Meltzer report that ‘low trait self-control, habitual Facebook checking, and high enjoyment of Facebook use predict almost 40 percent of the variance of using Facebook for procrastination’.

In other words, if you are impulsive and love Facebook, you’re probably going to Facebocrastinate (procrastinate with Facebook).

And it’s not a good thing. They found that Facebocrastination ‘increases student academic stress levels and contributes to the negative well-being effects of Facebook beyond the academic domain’. Who knew using Facebook could be such a downer?

So to reduce stress levels and increase general wellbeing, maybe give Facebook the flick during busy periods at uni. Got an assignment? Follow Nike’s lead and ‘Just Do It’.