I am addicted to Facebook. When I wake up in the morning, it is the first thing I do while I wait for Joel to get out of the shower. I then check it again at breakfast if I have time and right throughout the day. When I get home I waste more time fluffing around on it. I have the notifications coming straight to my phone as well as into my inbox. I post a status every day or two and there is never a post that someone writes that I do not see. I have decided that enough is enough however; this habit needs to be broken.
For Lent this year, I plan on giving up Facebook for 40 days. I see the purpose of Lent as a time to give up something that is coming between your relationship with God. I think it is fairly obvious that Facebook is coming between God and I when I hop on to check Facebook before I sit down to read my Bible.
There are other reasons also for me giving it up however.
A large factor in this decision is the time and stress it is causing me trying to keep up with all my inbox messages and comments. I am reasonably time poor and find that as soon as I manage to get on top of my email inbox, then my phone inbox has messages needing to be replied to. Then I have my work inbox to tackle. Then my Facebook inbox. It is just too much, so the obvious one to get rid of to release some of the pressure seems to be Facebook.
And finally, while not a huge issue, I do find that I compare myself a lot to other people on Facebook, which is not healthy. I think I simply need to be away to regather my thoughts, to strengthen my faith and to break the addiction of Facestalking and comparing my life to other people's lives.
Now, I don't plan on getting rid of Facebook forever. I actually think that Facebook is a great forum to stay in contact with friends. I will miss having information and photos of friends so readily available to me and even miss reading the mundane stuff. I want to take a break however so I can break a whole heap of bad Facebook habits and retrain myself. I want to train myself to wake up and read the Bible first thing instead of Facebook. I want to train myself to read a book before bed instead of Facebook. I want to train myself to spend time after work crafting, exercising or watching a television show that I enjoy and relaxes me.
So, for 40 days, I am not going to log into my account. While yes, I will still be tagged in photos and automatic updates that I have posted a blog will crop up, I will not be active on Facebook or viewing anything on there.
I will miss Facebook, but I have to admit I am horribly excited at the thought of gaining more time in my day for God, more time for Joel and more time for me. I also can't wait to have a conversation with a friend and not say "I saw you wrote on Facebook that...".
Wish me luck, it starts tomorrow. In the meantime I am going to Facestalk until I am brain dead.