Five Things to Learn from a Facebook Detox

I’ve been off of Facebook for six days. This is big for me. I realized I needed to step away from the status updates, the lurking around in friends’ photos, the never ending refresh to see what was new in my news stream. What have I learned this week?

1. People are either a) very curious/cannot understand WHY anyone would voluntarily stop using Facebook or b) get it and offer encouragement.

2. I’m not really any less “in the know” or at least I don’t know what I don’t know and I’m still able to function.

3. I was able to get writing done in a more timely fashion.

4. It’s handy to share many of the same friends with my husband so that he can give me the updates. (Is that kind of cheating?)

5. I think in status updates (i.e., I was writing them in my head and not posting them). This scares me.

How about you, have you ever taken a purposeful break from Facebook? How long was it? What did you learn? Never taken one and never want to? Share why you feel that way.

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5 Responses to Five Things to Learn from a Facebook Detox

  1. I guess we all have slightly different addictions. I could give up FB without a lot of trouble but giving up Twitter would be a whole different ballgame. I think we find more peace when we accomplish something that is hard for us.

    Congratulations.

  2. Tia Bach says:

    I have taken a break from posting/replying, but I tend to drop by and watch. Not sure what it says about our society, this overwhelming and constant need to know. I need to try a three day FB & Twitter boycott and if GASP the world stops turning. Proud of you!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Good for you for giving yourself a break from FB! I find myself increasingly drawn in by both Facebook and my email accounts, and at least once a day I think that I need an internet vacation. 🙂 I love your #5 about “thinking in status updates.” I have caught myself doing that too!

  4. Leah says:

    I took a break recently (as you know, Liz, you commented encouragingly 🙂 ) because I just started graduate school and had a big paper to get done and I knew I’d never finish it by the deadline if I didn’t make good use of every minute. I got my paper done, but I still found myself thinking in status updates, like you say. Part of me wanted to write them down to use later once my self-imposed ban was over. How sad is that?!

    What do you think about status updates as writing practice? I sometimes think trying to write something witty, informative and concise is a good exercise.

  5. Liz says:

    I think it’ s funny that many of us think in FB updates! That’s a new thing, since FB hasn’t been around THAT long. @Leah, you’re right — it is kind of a writing practice, even shorter than Flash Fiction!

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