Week 8: A Week Without Facebook

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Wow, I’m at week 8 already!  Seems like the time is just flying by.  With all the assignments that we have to do, I’m proud of myself for having made it this far.

This week, our challenge was to go without TV or social media for a week, in addition to continuing on our mental diet.  Now going without TV isn’t an issue for me, because I don’t have local TV, cable TV, Netflix or any of those things.  So I’m not addicted to any of those series that I hear people talking about: The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Scandal. Our TV is only set up to watch DVDs, and we usually only watch movies on the weekends, so it wasn’t such a sacrifice.

Facebook, on the other hand, is my link to the outside world.  Since I moved from Florida to Alaska, I feel secluded and shut off from the rest of the world.  I’m four hours behind East Coast time where all of my family and friends are, so when they want to call me I’m still sleeping, and when I’m finished with work, they’re going to bed.  Facebook has been the best way to keep in touch with them, and see what they’re up to.   So I thought this was going to be a very tough task.

Surprisingly, I managed to go the entire week without getting sucked in to the internet!  When you use a computer at work and have to be connected to the internet, the temptation to sneak over to social media sites is ever-present.  I’ve found that even a quick glance leads to a few minutes leads to a few hours, and before you know it, you’ve spent the better part of the day watching videos of cute dogs and cats and reading jokes or memes that people have posted.  Stuff that is totally irrelevant to the workings of your day.

But I resisted temptation!  And you know what?  My life continued on as normal. Nothing earth-shattering occurred.  The sun came up as it always does in the morning.

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Now I can’t sit here and say that it was because I have strong will-power though.  No, it was because this week I was moving my office from one location to another, and there was just so much to do to get things ready for the opening on Thursday, I just didn’t have time to waste surfing around on the internet.  But it did draw my attention to the fact that I spend a lot of wasted time on Facebook, when I could be doing things that are a lot more constructive.

Obviously I can go about my life without being on Facebook, so I’m making a pledge to limit my time on the computer, and only go on social media when I need to post for my business and then spend maximum of one hour catching up with friends and family.  My prediction: no one will even notice that I’m not on as much.  How am I so sure of this?  Because no-one, not one person, called me this week to say “Why aren’t you posting on Facebook?”  No-one missed me, and come to think of it, I didn’t miss anyone either.

Another thing that I noticed about not being on Facebook?  Because I wasn’t reading all the negative posts, I had much fewer negative thoughts, making it so much easier to stick to my mental diet!   I still had to start over several times, but less often than before.  WIN!!!

9 thoughts on “Week 8: A Week Without Facebook

  1. Looks like the Universe supported you perfectly in having to move during your week of abstinence from Social Media! Brilliant! How great to notice what opened up for you as well. Great job,Dr. Cindy

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  2. Excellent! I like your observation about other people not noticing your “absence” from Facebook, this is huge! Thanks for sharing this experience.

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  3. Hi, Dr. Cindy, Loren here, one of your five friendly MKE Blog Rovers, stopping by to read,and share your latest on Twitter and Facebook; I notice, as so often happens when MK E responsibilities are added to those you already have, you’ve slipped a few weeks behind. Whatever the reason, with great expectations I encourage you to make your way back to even keel. For one thing, this post leaves me with the distinct impression that could be used as background for a TV commercial. For example, ” A day without Facebook is like a day full of sunshine!” You’ve obviously seen the light and it is written so well,, everyone will come away with more than they had after reading it!

    I leave you with one additional thought and a question:

    I don’t believe the numbers have been run yet; if they were, I‘m confident they would indicate a high correlation between those who have been handling their blog post tangible requirement the excellent way you have up to now, and those who ultimately graduate with honors!

    “if you knew you couldn’t do it wrong, what would you do next?”

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  4. Dr. Cindy,
    Your blog was enjoyable and a good realization for you on how much you previously spend on Facebook. I agree with you about not needing TV-there are so many other choices to do with your time . Thanks for sharing your discovery. Have a Happy New Year!

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