Facebook Absence

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.

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Facebook is a gateway drug!

I had a friend tell me the other day that she has given up Facebook. Initially I was amazed at her willpower to do so, thinking I couldn’t possibly ever do that. When I got home and looked at Facebook I realized there wasn’t anything I actually NEEDED on Facebook. So I promptly had my husband change the password so I couldn’t access it. (I’ve discovered deactivating your account garners more attention then simply not going on).

It has become such a habit to “check” Facebook and once I’m on, an hour is immediately lost. Or I’ll go on and think of ten other sites to check or peoples pages to read, all needless activities.

It’s been over a week and I don’t miss it! Sometimes I find myself looking for the icon, not out of desire to see it, but simply because I am so addicted to that action! It’s amazing how much more time I have now. Sad if you think about it.

I’m trying to just stay off for the month of April but hell, I may never go back on!