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New Year's Resolution: Free yourself from Facebook addiction

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When there's a computer being carried around in your pocket, it's hard to refrain from using it -- but some worry smart phones mean Facebook is becoming an all-out addiction instead of a hobby.

When BlackBerry phones first got popular, they were dubbed "CrackBerries" because people couldn't stop checking their e-mail. Now, most phones can do a lot more -- and a lot of people use it for Facebook.

Megan Titcomb told FOX 9 News she feels unsure of what to do with her hands now that she has resolved to use Facebook less in 2013. In fact, it reminds her of all the times she quit smoking.

"I'm thinking about it. I'm missing it. I'm trying to come up with ways I can sneak," she admitted.

She says she first became aware of her addiction to the Facebook app on her iPhone just a few nights ago.

"[My husband] said, 'You spend more time on Facebook than you do talking to me,' and that really struck a chord," she said. "I felt bad about that. I said, 'You know, you're right.'"

So, she deleted the app -- and a bit ironically, announced on Facebook that her New Year's resolution would be to spend less time on the site.

"Less time -- not quit it," she explained. "That meant taking it off my phone because that was the primary place I was accessing it."

Titcomb is not alone in this. A poll of resolutions conducted by LA Fitness found that reading more books, saving more money and losing weight were the top three this year -- but "spend less time on Facebook" was No. 16 on their list.

"You look around a crowded coffee shop, a bus -- everyone's got their phone. Everyone's looking at their phone, and 90 percent of them are probably looking at Facebook," Titcomb said.

Titcomb is a hypnotherapist who helps people with addictions. In fact, a few years ago she hypnotized someone with a BlackBerry addiction. Now, she admits that she feels like she needs hypnosis to break her habit and believes she'll be seeing clients with similar goals soon.

"It's sucking from their real life, from their real, in-person relationships," she explained.

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