Well it’s the almost half way mark of my experiment with No Facebook November and I think I’ve already made a conclusion.
Fundamentally, what it comes down to is a question of “what am I missing” and “what am I gaining”? Thus far, the answer to the first question is basically “nothing”. The occasional inspirational meme; the odd birthday here or there (doesn’t mean I don’t love you if I missed it, soz though); a bit of a giggle at something funny; someone’s founded or unfounded conspiracy theory. That’s about it.
But what have I gained?
Time. More attention to my family. A reduction in my list of things that need doing. A real focus of living in the moment. Actual conversations with those I love and care about.
Not only that, but the “downtime” period of my evenings is spent reflecting or reading articles that interest me. So I’m learning stuff too. And that can only be a good thing.
Oh, and I obviously have time to blog too….
So that begs the next question. Where to from here? Well, after I’ve seen out the month, I will report my findings (doesn’t that sound formal?). Then I think I will limit myself to a once a week visit. I’ll pick a night to flick through the countless notifications, wish a few people happy birthday, and share some inspirational wisdom (if I find it).
It is here that I will digress slightly. On the subject of notifications, I was interested to see that after about 7 days of inactivity, the notifications changed. On my iPad, two separate notifications came up. One stated that I had around 15 notifications, the other stated that I had “two close friend updates”. This was the first time I’d seen the second notification format. It was almost like Facebook was nudging me to get back on it. “Hey look here, you’re missing some information. Best you get back on immediately!”
Surely Facebook’s algorithms aren’t scripted to ensure user activity. What could possibly come from a population that is constantly distracted?
Pace and love,