Living off Facebook..

It all started with a talk on NPR, where in there was a discussion going on how much time we spend on Facebook and other social networking sites. They even mentioned that most of these social companies have folks look at ethics around this, which got to me. Why would there be a need for that ? Around the same time, i had found the minimalists, who talk about living with less. One of their podcasts was around social networking and i decided to give it a try - disconnect from all and decide which tool adds value to my life.

The first few days were tough - my phone did not vibrate 1000 times a day, but there was a occasional text or call from folks i meet everyday - my wife and friends at work and an occasional text from a family member from across the globe. I felt that something was missing from my life; I did not know what people were doing !!! I gave it time... I had to go thru this. Facebook was evil too - they kept sending me an email with some comment to get me back online, which i was not happy about.

The toughest day of all was my birthday. Me and a few friends went out to celebrate and they tagged me on facebook and just like that lot of prople realized it was my birthday and started pinging me on facebook - It was hard to ignore them as some of them were really good friends, but i had to stay focused to stay away.

I completed my 18 day detox (i know its funny when i call it a detox, but you know its true) and came online on facebook. I add a comment that i stayed away and responded back to all the friends who had wished me on my birthday and add a "sorry we are closed" message on my wall. Few friends commented on it, but i can't login to reply back. :(

Its been about 2 months that i have been off facebook and honestly, i do not miss it. I have become closer to my friends, i have conversations with them without checking on my phone every few seconds, and best of all - i have a lot of time to do other things.... I started reading books, currently 3rd one.

If you read my experience till this line, i would say.. give it a try, see how you feel... if you don't feel good, go back. May be, if you have the same experience as me, you will never go back...

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