By the grace of God I have managed to make it 12 hours without Facebook.
My goodness how pathetic is that. I am impressed with myself for making it a whole half day without Facebook. Maybe this will be harder than I think…
Day one was actually not that hard. The hardest part, and it wasn’t so much hard as it was weird, were the random urges to jump on Facebook.
Yes, urges. Allow me to explain.
I usually spend my lunch eating (obviously) and catching up on technology news, current events, and social networks. So I’ll check Google+, Facebook, all my tech sites, etc. My first urge when sitting down to lunch today was to open Facebook. I literally remember saying to myself; oh, let me go see what’s happening on Facebook.
It was as if one side of my brain hadn’t told the other what was going on. Uh yeah, left side of the brain, we’re actually not using Facebook for the month, so please stop.
But again, Facebook is a habit – it will be difficult to kick. I don’t expect my social urges to dissipate overnight.
This whole experiment got me thinking last night, I have been using Facebook consistently for a very long time. My social network use has never been consistent. I joined Google+ but didn’t really used it until about 8 months in. I joined Twitter, fell off the wagon, and then jumped back on, and then have sort of fallen off again.
I tried to use Path, and we all know how that went. I’ve been checking in on Foursquare for years, but there was a time I hadn’t for awhile.
But Facebook has always been the social network I used consistently. I don’t recall any downtime with Facebook. Which is weird. I joined Facebook in October 2005, nearly eight years ago, and I can say with confidence I do not believe there has been a week in those eight years where I haven’t checked Facebook at least once.
So to step away from it for a month, feels awkward. When I deleted the app from my smartphone this morning, it was almost ceremonial, in a bad way, like a funeral.
Additionally, I wanted to make two things clear in this experiment:
1.) I can still use Facebook for work, in fact I did today. I work in social media, so, uh, I kind of have to use it sometimes.
2.) This experiment is not intended to be a commentary on the overall state of Facebook or social media. I’m not trying to prove that Facebook is worthless. I’m not trying to understand its value as a marketing tool. I’m simply trying to understand the impact and value it has in my life. Your mileage may vary, go get your own experiment.
Got it? Good.
So day one is wrapping up and so far so good. But I am not foolish, this will get more difficult as time goes on.
One down, 30 to go.
FYI – my last FYI was that my wife had no confidence in me. Good news, she hasn’t grown any…still no confidence. Even worse, I have coworkers that have no confidence in me. Seems the standard assumption is that I’ll make it a week. What say you? Keeping in mind many of you might not know me personally, but take your best guess.