- Can I survive 30 days without Facebook? My challenge and experiment…SOON!
- With no Facebook in 30 days, will I be able to do more writing/reading? Will I be able to make more “personal” than just “virtual” connections?
- As a Christian, do I spend more time in Facebook than reading the Bible and praying? Do I grow my relationship with people more than my relationship with God?
- Without Facebook for 30 days-April 1-30, 2011-will I sorely miss interacting with my online network? Will people miss me or my posts?
Such were my wall posts before I began my 30-day “vacation leave” from Facebook. I decided to take on this challenge after observing that so much of my daily time is consumed by logging onto it, thus, less quality time with God and people. I even wrote the 16 Signs You’re Addicted to Facebook after this period.
While most of my interactions and “sightseeing” there is wholesome fun, there are posts from my online contacts that inevitably provoke unpleasant thoughts and emotions [*wink*] in me.
There are obviously a lot of good things in it, but besides being time-consuming, I also considered the other two downside of Facebook:
1.) Source of Superficiality and Deception, even causing relational issues and fights
2.) Avenue for Privacy Invaders, Fraudsters, and Inconsiderate Advertising Strategies (Oh! Tag-me-not please!)
That being said, the following are fruits of my temporary seclusion from this social network:
- Read Proverbs “The Message” version in 30 days from www.biblegateway.com
- Set all my Multiply posts to Private – most were open to public viewing before
- Photoshoot with an ex-officemate and his two comrades at Harbor Square Manila Bay
- Finished reading/deleting twenty-two (22) unread emails stuck in my inbox for months (possibly even years!)
- Renamed/created new labels to categorize my email contents
- Modified my online subscriptions: un-subscribed to some and subscribed to other websites/blogs
- Changed my WordPress Theme
- Posted new ones and edited some past blogs at WordPress, which I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time
This experiment made me conclude that the disadvantages of Facebook highly depends on the use or misuse of its account owner.
Not having it for a month also helped me spend more fruitful time with people and things in my life that I can’t live without.
Question: If you’re hooked in Facebook, have you tried imagining how your life would be without it?