Every morning, I wake up, shower and sit down to my computer with a bowl of Frosted Shredded Wheat. I open three tabs in Google Chrome – Email, The Weather Channel’s website and Facebook. So naturally, when I decided to go five days with Facebook, it altered my morning routine.
When my professor suggested the Facebook hiatus as a class assignment, I was rather enthusiastic. I thought about deleting my account before because during school, it can serve as a huge distraction. Also, I struggle with the idea of instant sharing. I like Facebook as a sharing tool, but often I find nothing of value, leaving me scrolling mindlessly until I deem something useful. Although our assignment required us to go only two days without the social site, I got a head start and went five days.
Five whole days. It didn’t seem like a long time, and actually, the Facebook famine wasn’t as hard as I thought. I had other social media to waste my time and to keep me in touch. I still got all my news through Twitter, which I found myself checking more frequently than I usually do. Tumblr served as my go-to distraction.
When I finally accessed Facebook Monday night, I had 15 notifications – a lot for me. It was more fun to go through them in one big clump than to get them sporadically. It was nice to be back, but I have to admit, I didn’t really miss it that much.