Let me begin by saying: I don’t think I have an unhealthy relationship with Facebook. If I had to guess, I’d say I’m probably on Facebook a couple of times a day, sometimes to reply to messages, but mostly just to waste time. But still, I wouldn’t say I’m on there too much. Honestly, I can’t even remember the last status update I posted.
With that caveat out of the way, I’m starting to think that whatever time I’m spending on FB is probably too much time. I have this growing wariness toward social media. (And yes, I’m well aware of the irony of “blogging” about this wariness.) Think about it. The interaction is fairly shallow and disposable. How much time do you waste reading updates from people that you honestly don’t know all that well? Facebook may give you a false sense of “connectivity”, but I challenge you to consider the depth of that connectivity. Does Facebook make your face-to-face interactions more or less meaningful? Do you have “friends” that you follow on Facebook, but you have nothing to talk to them about “in the flesh”? I’ve just about come to the conclusion that social media connectivity is nothing but a myth, a facsimile of the kind of interaction we truly desire.
So after reading this guy’s pretty compelling argument for taking a Facebook fast, I’ve decided to give it a shot. Lots of other people have done this over the years, so this isn’t an original thought. It’s just something I want to take a shot at. Here are a few of the groundrules:
- I’ll be fasting from Facebook for the next two weeks, until Sunday Oct. 2nd.
- No status updates for two weeks.
- No perusing the news feed for two weeks.
- The only interaction allowed is responding to urgent messages via Facebook inbox.
- All the time I’ve wasted on Facebook will be intentionally funneled back into productive tasks.
I doubt this will be a permanent move, although I’m not entirely ruling it out. I just want to see how I feel about Facebook after a two week detox. My theory is that I won’t even really miss it that much. Time will tell.