Last week, I decided to take a break from Facebook. I had Gayle create a new password so I couldn’t even log in if I wanted to. I took the app off my phone and spent an entire week completely unconnected from Facebook. And, after a few uncomfortable moments, I loved it. I decided to do this because I felt I was spending too much time and too much energy interested in what other people were saying and doing. I rarely posted anything myself, but I was spending an inordinate amount of time scrolling through reading everybody else’s posts; afraid that I might miss something.
After the first 24 hours of my “fast” I stopped worrying about what everyone else was doing. I stopped worrying that I was missing something. I was able to spend that time doing other things. Things that actually meant something.
I decided last night to return to Facebook, but with a few restrictions. I will not put the Facebook app back on my phone so I can avoid that easy any minute of any day check. And I am only going to check from my desktop once a day. I’m not sure anyone noticed that I was missing for a week and I’m pretty sure they won’t notice that I’m not on all the time. The person it will make a difference for is me.
So what did I learn from this experience? I learned that I don’t need Facebook. In fact I think it detracts from me being more alert as I go through my day. I learned that Facebook didn’t miss me. It’s not necessary for everyone to know everything I’m doing every moment of every day. Nor is it necessary for me to know everything about other people. And lastly I learned that it’s a whole lot better to live for myself than to live vicariously through other people and their Facebook postings.
I survived the Facebook fasting experience, even thrived! And I’m a better person for it.
See you in the real world!