As a virtual schooling parent, you likely spend a great deal of your day online. There’s no avoiding that, and there’s nothing wrong with it. In addition to time spent on your kids’ schoolwork as a matter of necessity, you may also find yourself scouring Pinterest and other useful sites for information about supplemental activities, field trip possibilities, and answers to your homeschooling or virtual schooling questions. In addition, having a child (or children) in a virtual school means that you may spend a lot of time trapped at home, unable to leave because they need their computers to complete their lessons and the internet to attend classes. As a result, you may find yourself reaching out to other moms on Facebook in a desperate attempt to add some adult conversation and socialization into your life.
However, there is at which it might be considered less of a diversion, and more of an addiction. You might be a Facebook addict if….
· You have friends that you’ve never met in person, about whose lives you know more than the friends you do see each week.
· You spend more time on your Farmville farm than you do outside.
· You occasionally find yourself staring at your Candy Crush Saga life bar, desperately waiting for the time to be up so you’ll have lives again.
· You find yourself mechanically checking Facebook over…and over…and over again.
· You’ve ever been disappointed because too few people liked or commented on your status.
· You care more about what the online community thinks of a picture than you do about the event that inspired you to take it in the first place.
· You would rather have a few uninterrupted minutes to check Facebook than time spent on a phone call to a real-life friend.
· You base important decisions on what someone on Facebook might have to say about them.
· You frequently log on to more than fifty notifications.
· Your children ask you about your Facebook activities…regularly.
· You can’t log online—even for a minute—without at least flipping over to Facebook for a few minutes.
· You get up before your children start their day so that you can spend a few minutes on Facebook before you have to start the day.
· You don’t see anything wrong with over half the things on this list.