Journeys with Julie- My Week without Facebook.

It’s hard for many of us to imagine our lives without Facebook! We check it constantly to see what statuses people have updated, we upload pictures of ourselves, we play games on it, we chat with our friends, we create events, and share interests.  In the end, it can monopolize a lot of our time.

For me, this was all very true. I noticed I had become addicted to Facebook. I checked it more than once (even twice) a day, I relied on it to find out what friends or family were doing as opposed to giving them a call, I went on it to avoid homework, etc.  Now, don’t get me wrong! I think Facebook has many benefits: It helps you stay connected with friends who don’t live as close, it can update you on news, it can even offer you a short reprieve on life. But, at the same time, I think we’ve begun to abuse this site.

So, as a social experiment and my own personal reality check, I decided to leave Facebook for one week to see how I felt. Initially, it surprised me at how many people were interested in just how I could do this. The most typical response I got was, “Good for you! But I could never do that.” Even I, at points, doubted I could do it. But overall, I knew that the fact that many of us feared we couldn’t leave Facebook was an issue. So, I deactivated my account and spent a week Facebook free!

I wish I could say I had some big epiphany, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, I came up with some ways to better use this site and some ways to improve my Facebook usage. Afterall, my experiment only lasted a week and I don’t believe in giving up the things you love or enjoy. Rather, I like to prescribe to the phrase, “All things in moderation.”

1)   If you find you check Facebook too often, remove some of the temptation. A.K.A. if Facebook is in your toolbar, get rid of that tab so that you will be a little further away than just one click!

2)   Use statuses and messages for good, not evil! Let these be a source of positivity for people.

3)   Don’t rely on Facebook to do all the work with keeping you and your friends in touch! I’m a big fan of the ole’ fashion letter writing, but even a phone call means a lot.

4)   Balance your Facebook time with actual news reading time. Try putting the New York Times, Google News, Yahoo News, etc. in your toolbar instead.

5)   Take small steps like turning off your chat function or reducing how often you post a picture/status.

In the end, you might find that you’ve freed up some valuable time!

-Julie Wagenblast
LeadHer™ Intern, Campus Calm™
Learn more about Julie here.

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