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Facebook YAY or NAY?

December 27, 2013

Although my personal Facebook post stated on December 21st, that I was staying off social media through the Holidays, I realize now that yes I am addicted. I’ve decided now that five plus days was enough, and this morning I found myself checking Facebook on my iPhone underneath my covers at 4:30am.

Within minutes, I learned that soon I may have to pay for a license to register and ride my bicycle, the Chinese are buying up lots of property in California, Detroit, and Toledo and that the radiation from Fukushima has now reached San Francisco and I should definitely not be visiting the beaches on the Pacific or eating tuna. However, I also saw photos of children’s first Christmases, awesome looking dinner tables and hiking trails that are now a must on my bucket list.

I don’t think my life was any better for the week that I was off Facebook. I can’t say that I accomplished anything extraordinary, spent any more time with friends or family, saved the world in any way or even read a book. In fact, it was probably the opposite. I missed seeing photos of Christmas celebrations of friends far away, reading funny stories and finding new recipes. I can always count on a smile when I open up my page and read some post, even if it is just plain stupid and ridiculous. I definitely felt out of the loop.

There was some good that came from my week sabbatical from social media. I did not feel constantly inundated with trivial news (I opted out of the local news channel alert texts). I wasn’t required (self-imposed) to respond to every text or email that I received and my iPhone was no longer connected to my hand.

As the New Year approaches and I reflect on resolutions, I know getting off of Facebook will not be one of them. Since I signed up for Facebook in 2007, I’ve had a lot of fun reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. The support I’ve gotten from my friends on Facebook has helped me through some difficult times, especially the past couple of years. Facebook has allowed me to connect with friends even when I have not been physically or mentally up to going out or seeing people.

What I have realized is that I don’t always have to be connected. It is nice to sit with my husband without any phone or computer. I’ve decided to refocus my attention on learning how to use my Nikon rather than depending on my iPhone camera. I no longer will bring my iPhone to bed with me and I am not going to feel obligated to respond to every email, text, and Facebook post or message pronto. I think for me there can be a happy medium.

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