Hello my darling readers! (Was I too excited just then?). This week, my post is about quitting Facebook for one whole week. I have journaled my experience as a Facebook-less individual every evening. The only connection I allowed myself to have to my favorite social media platform was through the messenger app and when my mother insisted on showing me a post. Other than that, my obsessive sharing of trivial things, addictive commenting on friends’ posts, and joyful stalking of people I knew in high school (I’m not creepy, I just like celebrating their accomplishments and cute pets with likes).
Well, this is how it went…
I was surprised by how easily the day passed without Facebook. I caught myself trying to open the non-existent app on my phone a lot, but other than that, there weren’t a lot of issues. I did end up wondering how some of the people who I don’t talk are doing. I love reading statuses and keeping tabs on my Facebook friends. One of my biggest worries today was whether or not one of me Facebook friend’s cats was found after he escaped outside. The poor thing has been having some medical problems. I hope he’s alright.
Anyway, I have survived day one of my No Facebook Week. I definitely compensated with Snapchat, but not once did I look at Facebook. However, I usually dabble on Facebook before falling asleep. It’s a part of my bedtime routine. It will be interesting to see how drifting into unconsciousness goes…
Well, I’m beginning to feel the isolation. I have a grand total of 20 friends on Snapchat, and I don’t really have a presence on Instagram or Twitter. I realized that I was suffering from a lack of memes and general comedic posts today (they always brightened up my mundane life). This resulted in me turning to Imgur for my daily dose of trivial humor. I was not disappointed.
However, my lack of human contact has lead me to do something I swore I would never do. I signed up for a dating site. Well, technically I just made a profile. I can’t do much besides thumb up people since I don’t want to pay for it. However, I have apparently matched with a lovely fellow who claims to be a lieutenant for a local volunteer fire department. The website (okay, I’ll say it: Farmersonly.com) makes very convincing arguments for why I should pay for a membership and contact the lovely young farmers and other country-lovers who have liked my profile. However, even if I was interested in their profiles with various attractive trucks and trailers, I am far too poor to pay for guys to pay attention to me, given that one cannot work while student teaching.
Long story short: Facebook anchored me to reality and kept me from making questionable decisions. I fear that my life will spiral into an abyss of attention-seeking behavior before the week is done. Please send preventative help.
Today was the day that I discovered it is very hard find things without Facebook. Small business? They only have a Facebook page. No website. Airport I need to find in order to get information for a potential family vacation? Facebook page. If you don’t use Facebook, then you are missing out on a whole world that could be extremely helpful for life in general.
I have also started going crazy not being able to see what is going on in my friend’s lives. There have been various things mentioned in messages from friends that were references to things they saw or posted on Facebook. I was totally out of the loop for all of these things. I’m still pretty lost, to be honest…
The day passed much easier than the previous ones. While there were more comments and jokes made about my Facebook leave of absence, I did not find myself checking for the app as often as I have been the past few days. I don’t even feel like I’ve been missed because my mother has taken it upon herself to post the short jokes she finds while scrolling on my short friend’s wall (love you, Jude; thank you, Mum). I have even spent less time on my phone today than in previous days. I think my collection of mobile games has finally gotten boring.
I don’t really miss Facebook. I miss the practical uses, but I don’t really use it for much besides keeping tabs on people I kinda-sorta know. The funny pictures and videos can be found on Imgur and YouTube. The chatting aspect is accomplished through a different app. I have accomplished a lot of reading this week, and I have returned to my addicting Sudoku book. The one thing I think I resent the most about this challenge I made for myself is that my friends and family keep talking about Facebook and all the things I am missing. That is the only thing reminding me of what life was like before Facebook.
Off to play some games!
No entry for this day. I got distracted.
Well, I have officially survived an entire week without Facebook. I’m not particularly changed, though I do appreciate the slight increase in my available time and the lack of “you’re always on Facebook” comments. I think I will likely decrease the amount of time I an on Facebook in the future, but for the time being, I am perfectly excited to redownload the app to my phone and partake in comment wars and Facebook stalking my friends.
As soon as I finish this post, I will log into Facebook for the first time in a week and post a link to my experience. I’m rather upset that I don’t have that much to say about the whole experience, so I will instead inform all my readers that I have starts (and finished) watching The Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Thankfully, Netflix made sure to make a series, with book being covered in two 1-hour-long episodes. The first season covers the first four books. While some things have changed from the books, I found each episode overwhelmingly enjoyable, with all of Lemony Snicket’s charm and quirks present in the dialogue and theatrics. You should watch it if you grew up loving the books like I did, or even if you just want to watch a show about people who are likely more miserable than you. It’s a million times better than the movie was.
The nest time I post on this blog, I would have been in an actual classroom doing my Student Teaching work for three days (I go into the school on Wednesday)! Wish me luck!
Anyway, I hope you found some enjoyment in this blog. For those of you reading from my Facebooked link, I apologize if you’ve missed me.