(mostly) offline

i have a great life and tend to have a lot of joy. but i began to notice that i was getting bogged down by being pushed and pulled in a lot of different ways. some of my favorite activities no longer brought me joy or contentment as they simply became habits.

facebook was one such habit.

i’ve been on facebook for years (it was sometime in 2005 when i joined before it was opened to the entire public and not just colleges), but for the first time in 5.5 years, i found myself bored with the status updates and photo uploads. the day after ash wednesday, i became so fed up with my habit that i decided to actually (mostly) give something up for lent for the first time since high school. this would be a year where my lenten discipline wouldn’t be to take on a discipline (usually to read from the bible for so many minutes a day, schedule a certain time for prayer, only listen to christian music, etc).

i decided that the season of lent would be a time to cut back and refocus.

and (mostly) giving up facebook is how i’m doing that.

why (mostly)?

well, i can’t give facebook up entirely. i know myself, but i also know that facebook is a main source of how people communicate with me. my goal is not to disconnect myself from others, but to refocus. i appreciate facebook for the ease of communication. i like being able to check up on family and friends. i like being able to receive messages and look at pictures. but when i began to feel the pressure to always be on facebook, i knew it was time to step back. so i am.

(mostly) giving up facebook means that i’m well aware of limits. the last status i posted (at the end of last week) included a few exceptions to going cold turkey: checking messages (which get emailed to me), posting blog posts and other news feed items (from outside facebook), and checking once a week for other (important?) updates.

it hasn’t been easy, but i find it refreshing. the biggest challenge is the habit for me to simply open the page and see what’s up in the world of my friends. i have to consciously stop typing or quickly switch to another page. i haven’t missed it too much, but i think if i had deleted my account, that would be a different story than (mostly) giving it up.

on a side note, i’m glad that i’m not the only one who ever spends time thinking about their connection to social media (including but not limited to blogs and facebook), especially during the season of lent


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