Oh Facebook…you wily little website, you.
At the beginning of this year, I decided to conduct an experiment, wherein I would only get on Facebook once a month. It was difficult at first – my brain was literally programed to pop open the app on my phone whenever I was bored – but after three months, it’s become easy.
In my journey towards simplicity, I’ve been working through the “excess” things in my life. These are things that don’t edify my existence and weigh me down. When I eliminate those things, or drastically reduce the time and energy I devote to them, it’s amazing how easy it is to focus on the more “essential” things in life.
Cutting out Facebook has good and bad sides, but the good is definitely outweighing the bad!
1. More time to focus on things that matter (being with the Lord, marriage, schoolwork, blogging, etc.)
2. I’m less burdened by comparison to others (check out this lovely article that my friend Amy wrote about affirming instead of comparing!)
3. More meaningful connections with others (instead of “catching up” with someone online, being off Facebook forces me to connect with others in real life)
1. Missing messages (I’ve missed out on a couple of events because I didn’t see the message or invite)
2. Missing “Big News” (Since most people announce news like pregnancies and engagements on Facebook, sometimes I’m a bit out of the loop about what’s happening in the lives of people I know)
3. Lack of promotion (In my blogging journey, I realize that posting on Facebook is great way to advertise your blog…so, I’m missing out on that)
Overall, it’s been refreshing to take a break from Facebook! I plan to continue this experiment through the rest of 2014, and then evaluate whether I want to continue it in 2015.
Have you ever taken a break from Facebook? What benefits/drawbacks did you notice?