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Marie Louise McConville: Help - I've fallen victim to social media addiction

Marie Louise wants to return to the real world and have real conversations with people after becoming addicted to life on social media

I think I need professional help.

I don't actually know how it happened or when it happened, all I do know is I'm fed up with how much it has taken over my life.

It feels like one minute I was fine, and in the next I was suddenly an addict.

There, I said it. I am completely and utterly addicted to Facebook and I hate it. I'm telling you people, it seems like my whole life revolves around it lately and I've had enough.

Honestly, it is the first thing I check when I get up in the morning, even before I get out of bed and that's not even the worst thing. If I suddenly waken out of my sleep in the middle of the night, the first thing I do is check Facebook.

Throughout the day I can't tell you how many times I check it and don't even get me started if I message someone, checking Facebook for a reply just takes over my whole day.

I honestly don't know why it appeals to me so much because if truth be told, I'm not actually that interested in what is being said by other people. It's just that I feel like I am missing out if I don't regularly check.

And now, I have become addicted to shopping on Facebook. From gifts for loved ones to hair accessories for Abbie, I seem to do most of my shopping now using social media - and that's barely scratching the surface.

The other day I bumped into a girl I used to go to school with. After a quick chat she suggested we exchange numbers and meet up to which I replied that I would just look her up on Facebook and direct message her.

How rude was that? I think it was in that moment that I realised I had really lost it and had fallen victim to the curse of social media. If I'm not careful I'll soon forget what it's like to have a real life, face to face conversation and that's what scares me.

Don't get me wrong, Facebook has its benefits when it comes to keeping in touch with loved ones now living around the globe but it shouldn't be our first point of contact for those nearby.

So, from now on, if you're looking for me, please call me or walk up to me and speak to me, don't direct message. I want to return to the real world now, where real people have real conversations - hope to see you there.

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High praise this week for TV presenter Alex Jones who gave a very honest interview about her struggle with becoming a new mother at 39.

The One Show presenter, who gave birth to her son a year ago, revealed how the her first few weeks of motherhood, with sleep deprivation and painful breastfeeding, left her on the verge of postnatal depression.

I really applaud Alex for her honesty on this subject.

Becoming a mother at any age is a struggle and the more women speak out about their own experience, the more new mothers will realise they are not alone.

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