I’ve Been off Facebook for Two Months (and Counting)
I used to be a Facebook-a-holic. I had tried being sober once in a while. However, about a week into the so-called “Facebook Detox”, I would get the heebie-jeebies: What were my friends up to? What’s the news trending right now? How were my posts doing?
About two months ago (possibly triggered after watching “The Social Dilemma”) I thought of taking a longer break. I finally realized that it was taking too much of my attention — I couldn’t really afford it since I was going through an important phase in my PhD program. I realized that I became more jealous than usual when I saw the photos of my friends having the time of their lives (or at least they looked so). I was annoyed by the irrelevant drama that was none of my business. Seeing the number of unread notifications irritated me.
I needed a break.
However, it wasn’t as if I could take a complete break — I happen to be in charge of Public Relations for a student club and needed to keep our Facebook page running. How can I achieve that and stay sane?
The solution was simple. I deactivated my account and got the help of some other members to post the flyers I designed. At times I would log in for a brief moment, post a flyer and then deactivate again.
Did it work?
Yes and no. Even though I stayed off Facebook, my desire to stay connected with the rest of the world had me being more active on Twitter. Thankfully, the #AcademicTwitter community made me feel that I’m not alone. That moment when you feel so frustrated after a meeting? Been there, done that. That moment when your experiment finally works? Let’s celebrate!
Yes, it might seem as if I’m living in a bubble,
but it’s a relatively safe bubble to be in.
Could I stay away from the drama completely?
No. The ease of sharing information on multiple platforms at the same time meant that some of the Facebook drama leaked on to the other sites I use; WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, etc. However, over time, I noticed that I paid less and less attention to it.
Would I continue doing it?
Probably yes! I’ve enjoyed much more peace of mind than I used to. Yes, I miss out on some beautiful moments in my friends’ lives, but the ones who truly want to interact with me will find a way — be it through a call or a text message just to say hi.
Does this mean you should do it too?
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.
- More peace of mind
- Less irrelevant drama
- More time to enjoy real life
- Missing out on special moments
- Losing touch with friends
- Missing all the memes and fun otter videos! 😭
For me, the pros outweigh the cons. It might not be the same for you (can you really say no to cute otter videos?).
To quit or not to quit: well, that’s totally up to you, my dear friend! 😊
Thank you for your support! Have a fabulous day!