It’s been nearly a week and somehow I have managed to live without my beloved Facebook. I thought that without the distraction of Facebook I would get so much more done, but I didn’t. This has been an exceptionally difficult week for me on many levels and part of me wonders if being disconnected has contributed to how I have handled things in my life. Facebook is my guilty pleasure. I get to stay in touch with my friends despite my crazy schedule. It provides me with an avenue to stay up to date on all of the exciting things that are going on. We share laughs and tears, we complain to each other and and cheer each other on. On some level those seemingly insignificant connections allow us to feel special or important based on something as simple as a “like“. I think not having that outlet to vent and get feedback has made coping with the craziness of my life much more difficult this week.
I have tried to embrace Twitter and I don’t hate it as much as I did initially, but I do not get that same feeling of connectedness from Twitter that I do from Facebook. I’m sure that the reality that most of my friends don’t tweet plays into that, but I feel that Facebook is a much more personal forum for sharing. The limitations that Twitter places on you to be short and sweet with what you have to say makes me feel stiffled as well. Needless to say I will be counting down the minutes until Friday at 1:30 when I can return to Facebook and catch up on all of the exciting things I have missed in the last week.
Everywhere I turned, there was Facebook. I never realized how much it took over my life.. It was my homepage on my laptop, the app was on my phone, and I even got email notifications sent to my phone! It was extremely hard to get over the initial step of not using Facebook. It was kind of like a culture shock, because without it, I did not know what to do while I was bored at work. I actually had to do work! Holy cow! It was such a change of mind without Facebook.
Not being able to go on Facebook caused me to focus more time on my homework and other things that I needed to do. I was able to also sleep alot more without spending all of that extra time on Facebook. It was very eye opening to go a week without logging on. I feel like I really no longer need Facebook. In reality, the only reason I used it was for the sharing of pictures and all. There’s never anything that I have to post or need to message someone about. I could either call or text those people. Facebook, I really see as pointless now. I am not going to say that I will not go back on, but it will definitely be a lot less. It felt great to actually get homework done without being up until three o’clock in the morning. I even got assignments done ahead of time. That is something that I have not done in a very long time.
With my hectic schedule, 40 hours of work per week, six classes, and teaching a colorguard, it felt like I could finally take a deep breath. I didn’t feel rushed for the first time in weeks. Who knows, maybe one day I will get rid of Facebook for good, but then where will ally my pictures go? Maybe I’ll find a new website to do that in the near future. I only really used Facebook for “stalking.” It was just a way to procrastinate. I will try my absolute best to stay off of Facebook for the remainder of the semester. I want to see how much less stressful it makes thing. Instead of stopping at just this week, I am going to continue.
Let’s hope things go well! I hope I don’t go insane! 🙂