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Calling Time-Out on Facebook

Recently I stopped logging into Facebook. It’s something I’ve been mulling over for awhile now but didn’t feel like I could make that step into actually doing something about it until the end of last week.

I like to see what everyone is up to. I love seeing pics of family and friends. I don’t post many status updates, but when I do, it’s often fun and I like hearing what people have to say.

The problem is that things happen on Facebook that suck my energy. In some ways I guess there is TOO much information. Too many posts there to hook me into thinking about things that are probably don’t need to be worrying about. And I, for one, am totally over having my energy diverted into such activities.

So, I’m off it for awhile, until I figure out what I want to do with it. I know that other people use it without getting caught up like I do, so the problem lies with the way I am using it, not the website. I’m hoping that this, along with other small changes, will help give me back some more mental space for writing – because SURELY not clicking onto Facebook twenty times a day has got to free up some time. The world will keep going without me knowing what everyone else is up to from one minute to the next.

At least, I think so… šŸ˜‰

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18 thoughts on “Calling Time-Out on Facebook”

  1. I’ve never really “gotten into” Facebook like some people, but I have a fan page there because it seemed necessary at this point.

    But I *have* felt the exact same way you do when it comes to certain message boards. If I didn’t have to visit them for my day job, there are some I would never go back to because they inevitably focus my energy into unproductive discussions, etc!

    1. That must be so frustrating! I guess at least, with it being for work, you can feel like you’re getting paid for your troubles. I’m glad I at least have the option of saying ‘no!’.

      I think the facebook fan pages can be really handy if you use them right – I have one, but figure I’ll give it attention when there is a good reason to. For now, I’m still working towards getting a novel ready for submission, so it’s just another way to procrastinate, I think lol.

    1. I think it’s just a matter of deciding how I want to use it, and maybe turning off posts by certain people! lol I didn’t know you could do that until now – funny how sometimes you only learn what you need to know when you all out quit.

  2. I still have a love/hate thing with Facebook. But at some point after my most recent rant about it, I kind of made peace with it. Now I just block people I don’t like or take a few days off when it overwhelms me. It’s definitely a mixed blessing, though, and I totally get why you need to be away from it for a while.

    1. I miss your posts to Facebook the most, I think, Amy! It’s really hard to break the habit, but I think if I do it for awhile, I will find it’s another avenue of procrastination that I can cut.

  3. I feel exactly the same way! I like checking in on friends, seeing photos and keeping in contact, especially because I’m so far away from most of them, but 99% of the time I just log on to see if there’s anything new. And there’s not, or it’s some dull thing I really didn’t need to know right then and there.
    It’s fun having a back and forth of comments sometimes, but that still doesn’t justify how many times a day I check in there. Sometimes I use the Cold Turkey program that blocks whichever site or program from your computer for a given time. But I always end right back there.

    It’s an addiction, I’m sure of it. I’ve thought about doing what you’re doing, and am impressed by your decision, but I still use it for website promos (but that’s not the part I’m addicted to) and can’t be sure how to separate the two. It’s nice to know there are others feeling the Facebook time suck!

    1. I think a lot of people do – I’m just thankful I’m not playing the games on there! I have so many friends who spend hours every day obsessing about when they can make their next moves, to the point that they work their life around it. Scary!

  4. Somewhat ironically, I have just joined facebook (or, rather, re-joined, long story) but I completely understand where you are coming from. I wrestled with this for ages before I did it because I actually despise that website, but it has unfortunately become one of the first things that people turn to when they want to connect with you. So as much as I hate it, it does have its uses. I wish it weren’t so, but I figure, as you did, that it’s up to me to choose to visit it 86,000 times a day or not and I’m going to go with…not.

    Twitter is my addiction of choice, but I don’t find that anywhere near as big a time suck as facebook, and considerably more useful. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it!

    1. It’s a good story šŸ˜‰ lol

      Once I have restrained the urge to check in constantly, and had a good think about the way in which I want to use facebook (might be that I just use it as my author page, and not as a way to communicate with friends and family), then I will go back. It definitely has its uses, as you say!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’d friend you on facebook… but then Anthony would kick my butt for checking in lol.

  5. I’m dying to know how this worked for you. I’m on FB ALL OF THE TIME. It’s great because I have a lot of professional connections and we get a lot of business done. I also keep up with old friends. And read memes. And look at pictures. And get sidetracked.

    I love it, but I think I need to limit my time. Maybe check in once or twice a day instead of constantly. Are you happier without it?

    1. I’m way happier! I’ve stopped thinking about it all the time, and am making more of an effort to actually directly catch up with people who I want to be in contact with. I enjoy not being caught up in things that don’t require my energy now, which is great, and I’m okay about missing out on some things.

      I think it’s a little different if you’re using it professionally – I can get how its a great tool for that, but at this point I’m still a noob at using FB in those ways heh. If you could find a way to cut back, or just use it for the work side of things it might free up some time? Or some headspace. The world is full of information that we actually don’t need to be exposed to 24/7!

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