Fasting from Facebook: An Update

Well folks, it’s been over two weeks since I posted this article about wanting to get off of Facebook.

I wanted to let you all in on how I’ve been doing since placing myself on somewhat of a Facebook fast.

Notice that I just used the word “somewhat.” No, I’ve not been off of it entirely. I get on to check my messages, then pop right back off again. But no scrolling down the Newsfeed at all.

To be completely candid, I did post one lot of items on a local Facebook garage sale site, plus my new blog entries do automatically post on my timeline.

Do I feel like I am missing something or missing out on being in touch with the world? Nope.

In fact, I’ve cherished the real conversations and interactions I’ve had with real people. I’ve also spent much less time online overall and it’s been great.

No, I haven’t seen your whining about the cold, the roads, or winter weather in general.

I’m sorry, but I haven’t seen the latest cute picture of your kid or of you.

I have no idea what you just cooked for dinner or where you went for date night with your spouse.

(Note: If you have recently posted something newsworthy in your life you’d like me to be aware of, give me a call or set up a time to just get together with me. We could talk for real. I would love it!)

Overall, I don’t miss being on Facebook and can’t see myself going back to a place where I am habitually checking my newsfeed or frequently posting many pictures or things about my life. (Not that I was on as much as some people, but still…) I may pop on to check in here and there, but I can’t see it having as much of an influence on me anymore. Perhaps if I had close family that lived far away it would be a good tool to see family pics and whatnot, but my immediately family is somewhat close by.

My kids and husband certainly like the fact that I’m not on as much or putting things on about them. In fact, just as a cute little story, my Joey said something very wise for a 7 year old about two days after I quit.I was on my laptop, so he snuggled in next to me and asked, “Mommy, are you checking your Facebook?”

“Well, no, I am trying to not be on there anymore. I just plan to check my messages and then get off. That way I have time to do more important things like being with you and not be on the computer so much.”

His response was priceless. My very blunt and outspoken second grader said, “Well, that’s good Mom. I don’t think Facebook is a very constructive thing to do anyway.”

Well said buddy.

To wrap up, I am giving you a challenge if you are intrigued and tempted by the idea of going without social media. Try going without Facebook (or Twitter or whatever you do) for at least two weeks and see how it goes. Perhaps it could be what you give up for Lent. I did mine cold turkey and that seemed to work best for me. Let me know how it goes!

Blessings to you,

Rachel

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