May 19, 2015 4:22 PM

NH1 News Investigates Duped for a Dollar? Timewaste Timer says it battles Facebook addiction

MANCHESTER – For some, Facebook has become an addicition.

People check it all hours of the day or night.

“It's like missing a limb when you can't get on Facebook,” said Jessica Hunt of Manchester.

But could someone help you - while at the same time taking advantage of you - to fight it?

Let's face it.

Sometimes when we get on Facebook, some of us just tend to stay there.

But would you actually pay someone if you used it too much?

At home, at work, inside or outside.

We asked Hunt if she considers herself a Facebook addict?

"Absolutely," she said.

You can find Hunt checking her Facebook feed more often than not.

“Probably two-plus hours a day,” she said.

And she's not alone.

Some studies say as many as one out of every three people just can't get off-line.

And now a new company claims it could help you, that is, if you want it to.

“It's a negative reinforcement extension, basically, punishing you for something you're doing that you don't want to do,” said NH1 Social Media Analyst Kevin Deane.

“So if that's how you can better your habits, maybe it'll work.”

The browser extension is called Timewaste Timer.

You install it on your Chrome browser, put $20 in a virtual deposit account and every time you spend more than an hour on Facebook a day, you lose a buck.

“It's kind of like a bug that you implant into your browser,” Deane said.

But where does the money go?

The site's creator, Mike Ushakov, sent NH1 an email saying, “they'll spend (the money) on research and development," even though "they originally intended to use the money for charity.”

Instead, Ushakov said, they’ll “use the money to develop better products.”

So for people - like hunt who fear Facebook withdrawal, she said, “For some people, I'm sure it would help.”

So are you interested? You can try it out for free.

And if you do use it, we'd love to hear about your experience.

Email us at or leave us a comment below!


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