10 days without Facebook showed me how silly it really is

My family and I just got back from a great vacation in South Florida. Besides going to the beach daily, one of my biggest goals was to disconnect as much as possible from my iPhone, my laptop, the internet and, particularly, from social media sites like Facebook. To that end, I left the laptop at home, left the iPhone in my hotel room, and...I did the unthinkable--I erased the Facebook app from my smartphone right after I posted my one and only photo--the one you see here--of the view from our room while updating my status to: On vacation... finally!

I erased the app from my iPhone because I knew that was truly the only way for me to disconnect completely and not be tempted to check Facebook whenever I had some time to kill. Honestly, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to live without it.


Amazingly, I was not only able to survive without Facebook for 10 days, but I've been back for three and I still haven't really checked it. And, the best part? I've decided not to re-install the app on my iPhone. Why? Well because, for me at least, the app is a complete time sucker.

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Don't get me wrong, it's not like I think Facebook is evil, like some people I know, and while I've toyed with the idea of erasing my account forever, I'm not really going to do anything like that. Not because I can't live without it, but because Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with friends and family (especially those back home in Peru) in one centralized place. Plus, as a writer, it's a great tool to promote and share the stuff I write.

The main problem for me is that I feel like it's become an addiction. On some days, it's the first thing I check when I wake up and the last thing I check before I go to sleep. Not to mention the countless times I'll go to it when I'm supposedly trying to kill some time, but I'm really just checking to see if someone has made a comment on something I've posted or to chismear un poco and see what others are up to. But the reality is: who cares?

Now that I've proven to myself that I can live without Facebook--albeit only for about 10 days--I think I'll be better able to manage my time on it. We'll see. I'll keep you posted. But probably not on Facebook!

What do you think about Facebook or other social media? Would you be able to live without it? Do you have the app on your smartphone? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment below. 

Topics: vacations  work/life balance


on Aug 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Wow, that is amazing, i have tried to do that but i can't seem to do it..I understand about how it keeps you in touch with family, I live in Hawaii because of the military and my family is in California and in Mexico City . So they love to see my posts and pictures of the places i go to and the kids having fun. Its cheaper then a phone call that is for sure. I commend you for being able to do this .

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on Aug 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM
I have realized the same thing also, I have been on and off of facebook one time for 6 months!!! but actually returned because, like you say, I have family far away who would love to see pics of us. It is pretty hard but I think I can do it, sometimes i checked once a week, I am getting better !!!!
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