At the end of July, I decided to take a month off Facebook.
My reasoning behind doing this was simply to see how it effected my every day life; I found the results were very much according to my expectations.
Here was some of my motivation behind this little sabbatical:
1 – The Consuming of My Time and Mind
Not only was Facebook stealing my time, it had captured my thoughts. Even when I wasn’t on it, I was thinking about what I had seen while I was.
2 – The Facade
Facebook is full of manufactured identities. People can pick and choose the areas of their life they want the social media world to see.
3 – Careless Communication
So often, people communicate very differently when hidden behind a keyboard than they would face to face.
4 – The Ads
5 – The Illusion of Relationships
Real relationships don’t exist within the walls of Facebook.
6 – Approval Addiction
I battle with being a people please-er – and not the healthy kind. It’s very easy for me to fall into the net of caring too much what people think about me. Facebook is a great way to entangle me in this propensity.
I admit that I missed it – for about the first week. I actually found myself habitually checking my phone for notifications….pretty sad.
After that, I started noticing that without the Facebook newsfeed curiosity tugging at my mind, it was much easier to keep my thoughts fixed where I wanted them – heavenward. So I started not missing it so much. By the end of the month I concluded that I would almost rather do without it.
However, I also found that there are certain aspects I really appreciate:
1 – Staying connected with people
Real, face-to-face, meaningful, communication is absolutely the best way we nurture our relationships. But let’s be honest, we live in a world that is very fast-paced and it’s impossible to meet up, sit down and have extended conversations with everyone! I’m happy if I can do this daily with my husband. Facebook is great in that it does help in keeping us connected with each other.
2 – Promotion
I work as the secretary at my church. Facebook is an awesome resource to quickly get information out to the masses! It’s also great in this purpose for all our personal needs as well. Why mail invitations when we can just make a FB event? 🙂
3 – Encouragement
It’s also a great instrument for encouragement. I have many friends who are always posting Scriptures or quotes that are geared to motivate and inspire. Some people from my church have a group set up where we can share prayer requests.
So, back to the question: To Facebook? Or not to Facebook?
Like many other things in life it’s all about balance. I won’t be deleting my account – at least not at this time 🙂 But, I will be continuing with limitations:
1. I will only be on once a day…
2. ..and try to keep it at about 30 min.
3. It will no longer be an app on my phone.
By the way, have you noticed all the permissions the FB app requires?!?