Thursday, November 12, 2015

Facebook Follow-up

     Almost a month ago I posted about giving up Facebook. I have almost completed my month so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

      Surprisingly, I have not really missed it, nor have I been tempted to log on. I have noticed that I have had more time to get things done, but I have also noticed that I have not used that time to do too much. I have gotten more sleep and allowed myself more rest. (This could also be because I haven't been feeling well.) I wish I could say that I was super motivated and have accomplished a ton of things but I can't.
     I have checked in once or twice because someone I usually don't get messages from has sent me one. I have also logged on accidentally while clicking on links in e-mails from a company, etc. and it has brought me to Facebook. I have had multiple notifications that I have ignored and I have reminded many friends that I haven't been online. I have also had a few people tell me that they were going to reach out or send me a message, but then they didn't because they knew I would not get it. I have missed the convenient connections.
      I have also missed seeing pictures on Halloween or being notified of birthdays.
      I have not missed memes, complaining, sharing some of my own things, and stupid games. I thought I would be more lonely. I have not noticed a difference.
     I have made an effort to get together with some people and to reach out to people I haven't seen in a while. I think I'm destined to be the one who always has this role...which I don't like all the time.

    I think after the month, I will log in, check my close to 1000 notifications (seriously. I'll just check tags, messages and pics) and then keep it activated but not check it as often. I may also turn off notifications on my cell phone.
     If you are one of my friends who have also given up Facebook temporarily, how is it going for you?
 
   

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update, Jen! I've been wondering. :)

    So, even though my "give up" is permanent, I could go back at anytime, so... I suppose it could be seen as temporary with no real desire to go back any time soon. (If ever) It continues to go well for me. I seriously love the freedom of being FB free. I use my time more wisely- my back faces my family/house less, and my face faces them more :) 'Tis good! My contacts are less, but more blessed- if that makes sense! :) I suppose that's it for my update. :)

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  2. I had given up Facebook for about six months a year ago and didn't miss it much. I brought it back for wedding season since there was a lot of picture sharing but with recent events I've needed to turn it back off. So much hate in the world and I don't need to see such negativity so close to home. Facebook is no longer a place to share opinions it's now a place to force your opinion on people you think are wrong. At least that's how it is for us millennials.

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    1. I agree about the opinion thing. I'm doing a lot of looking at pictures and scrolling through text rather than really reading a lot of it. It has been nice to have it on for people to message me, but I've definitely stepped back in a good way.

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  3. I've quit before, but I went back on after I became engaged & got married, to share all the news. Maybe that was a dumb reason, I don't know. Now I feel like I have nothing else to share on it, as I'm fairly private, so I've been debating deactivating or deleting it. It was fun doing the wedding stuff, but I just don't have the interest in sharing my life 24/7 on fb and just want to focus on my real life & family.

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  4. I returned to Facebook so I can see pictures of the holidays, etc but I find that I'm posting a lot less. Facebook is a way that some people keep in touch with me so it's nice to have the option of checking in. I find I'm not feeling pressured to post or read every little thing.

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