The FB addiction, however, teeters on unhealthy. I sit at my computer thinking "I'll just check FB real quick" and emerge 3 hours later. What the crap? For the life of me, I can't figure out what makes it so darn fascinating. Many of the people I'm "friends" with are high school buddies who I haven't seen in years. FB has been great for reconnecting me with those guys. I love that I can keep up with out of town family as well. I've laughed and smiled a lot while on the site, So while there is some fun to be had and some good to come from FB, it's all the other silliness that has me thinking it's time for a break.
The spats, the "I hate XYZ posts", the name calling, the "your political party is evil" garbage, the "venting" (can I vent about how THAT drives me insane?) it's all just gotten to be too much.
Then there's the creeper factor. You know there is at least one creepy person on our friends list...maybe we knew them 20 years ago, or maybe they are acquaintances. We think they are harmless because we don't know any better, but those creepers are stalking our pages, looking at our photos and know our every move--depending on what and how often we post. Eeew.
Now, lest you think I am judging my friends, I want you to know that I am 100% certain that nearly every single one of my FB friends has rolled their eyes more than once at something totally dorky and/or idiotic that I've put out there. I've let my dork flag fly more than once and in hindsight I'm a bit embarrassed about it.
More than any of this(except maybe the creeper thing), what has really made me take a step back is the utter lack of motivation, creativity, and productivity that has come about as a result of too much time on FB.
Now, I'm calling this the 30 Day Facebook Diet because I have a TON of stuff to do in the next 30 days and the only way I feel I can accomplish any of it is to eliminate the distraction. So, I pulled the plug last night. And you know what? I instantly felt lighter and actually breathed an involuntary sigh of relief. I did leave up my blog and etsy shop pages, but those don't call to me the way status updates and friend feeds do, so I think I'll be safe.
We shall see, at the end of this little experiment if my house is cleaner, my laundry stays caught up, if I've finished any art/quilting/sewing projects, read any books, kept my blog up to date, spent more quality time with my husband, and possibly lost a few pounds due to being less of a mouse potato.
After 30 days I may or may not log back in. I'm hoping not...or at least not as often.
Wish me luck!
No self portrait tonight. I've creeped myself out enough with all this talk of Facebook Creepers that I'm rethinking the whole self portrait idea!
Have you ever deactivated your FB account? Never opened one to begin with? Or, are you obsessed and can't imagine unplugging?