For Lent I’ve given up Facebook. I deleted the app from my phone and deleted the bookmark on Chrome, all in an effort to be more present in the moment. It’s only been a week and I find it easy and yet hard to be away from Facebook. It’s easy in that I really don’t miss it. It’s hard in that everything seems to some how be connected to Facebook in one way or the other.
I now get my news from the radio, TV (as usual), and more and more Twitter. God, Twitter is just so incredibly refreshing! Like most, the first thing I used to do in the morning is check Facebook. And no doubt many of my Facebook friends would share pieces of information about their favorite stars or latest piece of news. While it is good at making news disseminate faster than TV news, it slowly began to be clogged with terrible noise. In particular, a Facebook friend would constantly share at least 3 articles a day from a conservative blog editorializing the terror that is the Obama administration and not once citing any credible source. Right before I went on my Facebook cleanse, I specifically complained to my husband about a particular person who posted an article stating that the Zika virus was a GMO created by the government (citing other blogs, not one citing any reputable science journal). It made me realize Facebook was turning into my AOL e-mail account and the countless drivel saying that I would die if I didn’t forward this e-mail to 10 of my friends. It’s great not having to sift through these terrible posts.
But it’s kind of hard. I mean I don’t miss it. But everything in the world is freaking connected to Facebook!!! Websites, apps, everything wants you to sign in to Facebook. They make it really hard to not sign up without Facebook too! Do I want to share this on Facebook? Do I want to sign up for this class using my Facebook profile? No thanks!
We’ve also had snow this last week and the inevitable closings. A lot of people update their business status via Facebook! I get it; it’s a lot easier to update your business Facebook page to say that you’re closed due to snow than your website. These mom and pop shops don’t have IT people to do this for them because they take a pre-made website and they, themselves, slap their stuff on there to save money. That’s one thing that has been super annoying. I’ve actually had to call a place to see if my daughter still had a her class. Can one really be free of Facebook?
Overall I’m surprised at how I don’t miss Facebook at all. Perhaps it will be a new habit?