Wednesday, April 13, 2011
30 Day Challenge: Update
So. How do I do this.
Well, I told you all I needed some time off. I needed to back off my excessive social media usage. And, I did. For about a day.
I'll wait for the disappointed looks to subside.
Anyway, I started out strong. I was about 8 hours into the first day when I got the itch and checked Facebook. And I did -- for about a total of one minute. Checked it super fast, and logged off. I told myself that that was all I needed and I was done.
I didn't check it for two more days!
But then I fell into the trap again. I was bored on break at work and didn't have anyone to talk to, so I logged on and did the News Feed scroll. Then I got sick and would lay in bed bored, so I'd do the scroll again. Little things. And I found myself almost exactly where I started: sure, I wasn't posting as much, but I was scrolling just like usual. I have a smartphone so it's almost a bored habit: I have an awkward moment or I just don't have anything to do so I log on and check out everyone.
I'm sad that I couldn't beat it. I'm sad that I will most likely check Facebook after writing this post. I know it's silly and ridiculous, but it's simple addictive. And I can't even blame it on the fact that I've been doing it for forever, compared to a lot of my Facebook friends I'm a newbie: I've only been on for almost 2 years.
As for Twitter? I checked my mentions once out of curiosity and admitted my cheating with a "I peeked at Twitter." Even though before I found myself almost on-the-hour updating my Twitter, this one has been so much easier to give up. Maybe because I don't personally know as many people on Twitter as Facebook so I don't feel like I'm missing out? But at the same time, getting my news is a lot harder, I actually have to go to the news web sites instead of reading their tweet updates. It's lame. I may have to actually get a RSS reader.
Well, I've failed you guys. Giving up Facebook just doesn't seem like an option. I feel like I use it way more than I ever thought: I communicate with my newspaper staff on it a LOT, for instance, including a friend who's in Ireland but still writing for us. Facebook definitely has it's perks, but I wish I knew where to draw the line.
Could you guys do it?
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