Stone Soup for Five: That one month I quit Facebook

That one month I quit Facebook





I quit Facebook. 

Semi-permanently.  

For January 2015.

I'll update you throughout the month the details of my self-imposed Facebook abstinence.  Right now, Day 1, it's a whole lot of NOT FUN.


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Day .5, December 29th:  Early morning I was looking on Amazon for some books for the boys' school this year and stumbled across a book on time management that I don't even remember the title of now.  It was a book that had something to do with social media.  In the blurb Amazon had about it, it suggested giving up Facebook and all social media for three days... as soon as I read that I clicked away to find the book I was REALLY looking for, but I guess it stuck with me, even though I didn't really think about it too deeply right then.

Mid-afternoon that same day, that thought popped into my head again, as I was wasting time on Facebook, again, and supposed to be planning my goals and habits for 2015, and I thought: I should start this year off right and just stay off Facebook for the entire month of January.  But I knew from experience that if you deactivate your account, Facebook makes it super easy to reactivate with a click of the button.  So I needed something that was harder for me, and that I wouldn't be able to get back on without a lot of thought into it first.


Enter one teenage boy (who, by the way, is NOT on facebook anymore because he wants to go "dark" and not have any kind of social media trail in case he wants to serve in special forces or something similar).

I asked him to change my password on Facebook and not give it to me until the end of the month of January.

He was THRILLED.  Not because I'd be off Facebook, but because he would have the power!  (I did tell him that if I did have to go back on for some sort of "Facebook Emergency"--because it COULD happen, right?--that I would have to convince him of that need.)  So here we go. 

Day 1, December 30th:  Today it seems like there is a party going on in the other room.  I know it's there.  I know there is laughter, life updates, photographic slide shows, jokes, and cool videos. 

I can hear the tablewear clinking and the laughter on the other side of the door.  But I'm not invited.  I'm on a self-imposed party pooper "Do Not Invite to the Cool Kid Party" list.

BUT, I have time to write this post.  And plan some of my boys' next few weeks of school... and try to ignore all the party fun.

I'm sure it'll get better.

Right?




8 comments:

  1. Great idea.It can be a huge time Easter. Keep us posted.

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  2. I have had two self imposed facebook fasts this past year, each about 3 months long. The first time I did it, for the first few days, I had no idea what to do with myself. I mean, even with facebook I did other stuff, right? But it was like without that option to "check in" every 5 minutes, I almost couldn't function. But by the end of the first week, I was really feeling good, because I was getting SO much done! I probably would have stayed gone, but there has been a couple of times it was a necessity for me to get on there, maybe not necessity, but it was helpful, anyways. So I got back on there. The second time I was feeling overwhelmed and losing my priorities. And it helped me to refocus. Now I'm back on there, but I'm doing good, only checking in a couple times a day. I keep the app off of my phone, so that it's not convenient, I don't get notifications. If it ever gets to where I'm not keeping my priorities straight, I'll get off again for sure. Good luck!

    Sara

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    1. thanks for the encouragement! After a rough start yesterday, I was doing much better as the day went on! Long way to go still, but thanks for your words!

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  3. I did for about 6 weeks this year. Maybe longer. The frustrating part for me was not knowing what was going on in friends' and family members' lives. I realized that everyone I know is so dependent on Facebook that someone could die and I might not know because no one communicates ant more. That just made me mad. I put up a reminder that I was off Facebook and that if there was something I needed to know to tell me the old fashioned way.

    For me, the positives were more time for priorities and MUCH more peace in my life. I loved it. But the negative was that it was like falling off the face of the earth socially. Out of sight, out of mind. So I try to balance it, but haven't done well the past couple of weeks. Another fast might be 8n my future.

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    1. Ya, I think it'll be interesting to see how it is after a month off. I know I can do Getcoldturkey.com and set it to unlock Facebook only in the evening, so maybe that would be good. We'll see! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. I am hanging on the precipice of joining right in with you, because I am a follower (please don't ever jump off a bridge) but really, you're a good influence so I'm cool with copying just about everything you do. Deleting the app off my phone has really helped because I wasted SO much mindless time staring at stuff that 99% of the time depressed me or bugged the crap out of me. Facebook definitely doesn't bring out the best in me. Good news is I have now subscribed to your blog updates, though, so I won't miss anything. You can do this! Productivity is going to exponentially increase! Proud of you :)

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    1. Well, right now it's pretty easy, like I said, with a house full of friends who are like family... but next week is going to be pretty sketchy. I'm kind of afeard of next week... So you should DEFINITELY do it too and we'll be all lonely and out of the party together!!

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