Friends! It has been one whole week since I decided to see what life would/could be like without facebook. I’ve learned A LOT of things. Yes, of course, I’ll share them with you.
Disclaimer: I did get on facebook a few times this week ONLY TO CHECK MY MESSAGES, I promise! I had a few conversations that were still going on I had to check in on, and a friend that was without a phone so I checked in with her too. So I did check my messages, but I DID NOT scroll through and read anything. I totally promise, I wouldn’t do that to you! Or rather to me. I did post my Instagram pictures to facebook, but I did that from the app on my phone, not on facebook.
Okay moving on to what I learned. First, I check facebook a lot! Like so much it’s just a motion for me now. I use google chrome and it remembers websites that I’ve been to recently. All I have to do is type the letter “f” and hit enter and BAM I’m on facebook. At the beginning of my week I decided to log out of facebook, that way if I typed that “f” and hit enter it wouldn’t matter because I wouldn’t be able to see anything. You guys, I did this at least 5 times. Each time I opened a new window I would AUTOMATICALLY do this! I knew I had a problem with checking it way too much, but now I really got a taste for just how bad it was.
Second, my friends have a lot of exciting things happening in their lives and I got mad to miss out on them. During those few times I hopped on I saw posts about: a 100th birthday party, gender ultrasound results, welcoming new babies into the world, sharing that they’re expecting, and marriages! I don’t want to miss out on those things.
Third, I wanted to check facebook all the time! Every time I had a quiet minute (nap time rocks!) I wanted to get on my computer and spend time seeing what everyone is doing. I couldn’t. Which was fine. But it was made so so so clear to me just how many times I get on facebook.
Fourth, I actually did pinterest things! My 6 year wedding anniversary was yesterday and I really wanted to make my hubby something. I got on pinterest, stretched my creative muscles, made plans, and created something I’m totally in love with! It was fantastic! I do make things, but there was something different about it this time.
Yesterday morning I posted about my anniversary and so in the evening I decided to check back and see what my 33+ notifications were, check in with my friends, and say thanks for the anniversary wishes (if there were any). I spent almost 45 minutes on facebook, the first 10-15 minutes I did what I set out to do, but then I got wrapped up in shared videos, crazy posts, and just scrolling.
I’m happy with my discoveries because I think they boil down to really confimrming my suspcions that I was spending too much time on facebook, thinking about facebook, and wanting to be on it! However, I want to post updates and I don’t want to miss out on exciting news. I think what I’ll do is check in once a day and when I do maybe I’ll set a timer so I don’t mindlessly waste so much time. I’m excited to give it a try!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures of my facebook free week!