I visited a blog about two weeks ago and read about someone who had decided not to log on to Facebook for a week.
I thought this might be something to try, a fun little challenge to see if I could do without. I had felt for some time that Facebook didn’t really do anything for me, that it didn’t really add anything but rather took away from my time, even though I do enjoy writing sarcastic updates from time to time. I also enjoy reading articles that my friends post, even though I also spend too much time on the stupid vines that my old students shares with the world.
When I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that most of the people I was interacting with on Facebook were actually my co-workers, so I decided that because I see them everyday anyway, I may as well try this no-Facebook-thing.
One week later I had visited Facebook three times, because I was going to a party and the invitation was on Facebook and I didn’t have the address and… Ah, yes. But then I realized that I really didn’t need it as an app, as the app was the real problem, not Facebook itself. So I got rid of the app almost a week ago and haven’t felt the need to check my Facebook since. If I do get the itch I will have to make a decision to log in on a computer, and it feels good to have to make a deliberate decision to enter, not just check it by habit at all times.
Furthermore, now that I don’t connect with my colleagues at all times, we have more to talk about when we meet at work that isn’t work related. And I have decided to randomly stick my head into different rooms during next week, shouting my (former Facebook) updates and then leave, just so they won’t miss my sarcasm too much.