From October 11th to November 11th I took a break from Facebook.
I don’t know.
I felt like it was taking up too much of my time, and with a small business to run, and a family with 3 small kids (1 in hockey, 1 in Ringette, 2 in piano, and all 3 in gymnastics) – I feel too busy pretty much all of the time (whether that’s warranted or not).
For all the reasons listed here, I broke up with Facebook, for 30 days.
So what was it like? I’ve been asked this question by several people who are considering following suit, and here’s what happened:
Week 1, I get a call “is he going to be ok?” and a confused me responds “Who? What’s going on?” It turns out my brother’s basement had flooded.
I was asked “What was the extent of the damage?” My response? “I haven’t a clue. I’m taking a break from Facebook. Maybe you should call him.” He later posted something on Facebook about his new indoor swimming pool, which apparently was quite funny at the time, but I can’t comment on it now as that news is a month old!
Week 1 my son starts raking leaves with a neighbour’s son. They decide to go door-to-door. They charge $2 to fill a bag with leaves. They are super cute, and it’s the entrepreneurial spirit at work. I want family far and wide to congratulate him on Facebook, but I can’t post it. My relatives don’t know of the awesome potential growing inside this little person. (sidebar: I think all entrepreneurs are truly awesome!)
Week 1 also saw the emergence of ‘What does the fox say’ (admittedly I was a bit late on that one), the purchase of an aquarium, and ensuing purchases of fish to fill said aquarium
The following weeks saw our son play some pretty awesome OCMHA hockey
our daughter got moved up a level in Ringette, our business launch a new video offering, and our
Halloween costumes which tend to get quite a few comments but you may have missed all that, as I couldn’t share it on Facebook.
In summary, I lost:
1) The ability to know what was going on in other people’s lives quickly, and
2) The ability to share things that might make people smile/think/feel good.
In life there are always trade-offs, so this loss presented certain gains.
In this case, I gained probably 20-30 minutes every day, and for me that’s a lot of time.
What did I do with that time?
1) I started doing a 10-15 minute workout every morning. What an amazing habit to get into!
2) I started reading French books to my son in the evening before he goes to bed, not every evening, but some, which is better than none.
3) I got to read most of a great book called ‘Contagious’ which is absolutely fantastic & I’ll have a blog post about it soon.
4) I got to read ‘Harry Potter’ to my kids, which was really fun.
5) I got to feel slightly less distracted, less interested in running to the computer to check in on what was going on in the world, and possibly a bit more engaged at home.
That makes it sound like I’m quite the goodie-two-shoes, now doesn’t it.
Well, the reality is that I’m not. I also spent more time watching tv, more time cooking and then snacking on whatever I cooked, and more time disgruntled and broadly unsure what to do with myself.
So, “what now?” you ask.
I’m going to try to keep working out, and to keep reading more to my kids, and to remain less distracted, but the reality is, I’m going to get drawn back into facebook soon enough. It’s inevitable!
Totally worth a try though, so if you try it, let me know how it goes either here, or on Facebook.