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?


  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. :)

  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.

    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.

  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.

  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.