Today is May 1 which means that I can go back onto Facebook. On April 2 I got the idea from a friend to take an absence from Facebook. Since April had only just started I decided there was no better time than the present.
I have ADD and ever since computers entered my life I have had the ability to spend a monumental amount of hours engrossed in every time suck you can find. Facebook was my number 1 time suck. Not only that, but I feel that sometimes it made me feel worse about life in general. When I returned home on April 2 I took a long look at my Facebook news feed and quickly realized there was not a darn thing on there that I needed to see. It was all just crap.
In the past I have deactivated my Facebook account for small periods of time. Each time I did so I would receive an onslaught of emails from friends wondering what was wrong! I decided that I wanted to leave my account as is to avoid getting any attention from my withdrawal from the social network. Luckily my husband works from home. I quickly took my laptop over to him and asked him to change my password. He is like a rock and I knew that he wouldn’t give up the password easily in the event I got desperate and pleaded with him to let me just take a peek!
It’s amazing how ingrained Facebook was in my head. I deleted the app from my iPhone and iPad but still found myself looking for the little icon each morning! Even without thinking I would go onto Facebook to just “check-in” or whatever. It was actually a pretty long month. Around the 3 week mark I really found myself craving that Facebook addiction, even aching to know what was going on in my friends lives.
Today, May 1 I will go back onto Facebook. I do hope, however, that this absence has allowed me to create a balance with Facebook so I can check it from time to time but not spend hours on it each and every day.