Friday, 26 March 2010

Day Thirty Seven

The time is flying by, only just over a week without Facebook left.

To be honest, I'm more excited about eating chocolate than I am of having to wade through all the messages and notificiations, and as much as I say I won't go on it as much when I'm back, I know I will. I know I will get back into the unecessary and addictive checking of facebook at any given opportunity in my day. It just feels like such a waste of time. I probably will try and limit myself to just looking morning and evening, because thats all you really need it for isn't it? At the end of the day, if somebody really needs to talk to you or tell you something, they'll have your number so will text or call you. They're not going to put it as a facebook status in the hope that you'll read it...people do though of course.

How many of us have written a status in the hope that somebody else reads it? I know I have. Weather it's something nice or something nasty, we use it as a maniupulative mind game sometimes.

This is one of the reasons I feel so free. I don't look at stautus' wondering if its about me, or about somebody I know. I don't look at pictures of people and think ooo I wonder whats going on with them, you get on with life and don't spend as much time worrying about these things. I'm the kind of person that worries and thinks about the little things and I do it enough without Facebook so don't really want to add to the amount I do it.

If you look around in the library, about every other person will be on facebook. And I guess it does just make more sense to have a facebook as a way of communicating with a mass amount of people, because apart from my parents and Grandma...everybody else I know (I think) is on Facebook.

But being off Facebook has allowed me to enjoy texting and face to face conversation more. My sister and I always use to talk on Facebook but I now enjoy out texting banter and catching up through that method of communication.
When walking around uni or going I tend to have more actual conversations with people and ask what they're up to, as I don't know without facebook. But I like it. I mean, do we really want to end up living in a society where talking though screens is the 'best' method? Cause I sure don't...I know I'm old fashioned but I think everyone loves sitting down with a drink and having a proper face to face catch up with somebody.

I think this experiment has proved that life without Facebook really isn't so bad, infact, its GREAT. And all the things I was worried about: Missing it, not hearing about things, feeling left out...simply have not been relevant.

I'm sure a big part of it is due to my friends...when I have needed to know about people breaking up or any majour news, somebody has told me. People have told me about birthdays and nights out, planning to go Isle of Wight festival I was told about, important messages from Loco I was told about. I guess I have a great group of friends who want me to feel socially included. Horrah!

So not long to go now. A friend suggested that when I go back on, I take a print screen of the page and put it as my profile picture. A brilliant plan!


Monday, 15 March 2010

Day Twenty Six

Last week I heard some important news which I probably should have known a couple of weeks ago but due to lack of facebook I didn't. I'm luckily all caught up now.

Life without facebook is still going well though. For the first time ever I handed in an assingment for day before its due, I'm not going to completely say it was due to no facebook but I'm sure it was a consisting factor as theres no time to waste, I just get on with work more quickily and give myself much fewer breaks.

I've realised what I do miss about it though. I miss sharing good news and achievements - such as handing in assignments, looking at photos, there should some photos cropping up from recent nights out which I really want to see, and ones which I need to upload myself.

Right now I'm quite looking forward to reading all my wall posts as apparently everyone is being told to reconnect with me. So leave me something nice for when I have to endure reading the endless notifications...


Saturday, 6 March 2010

Day Seventeen

Somebody said that I haven't written an entry in a while. The simple reason is that there is nothing much to report.

I have no cravings to go on facebook, I have not yet begged my housemate to give me my passwork back, I have not missed out on some huge social event because I wasn't aware of it on facebook.

I was in the library the other day and a friend next to me was on my page, it could have been so easy just to have a look but I feel this would be breaking the rules. As much as I want to read what people have been spamming my wall with, I can wait another few weeks.

I've realised, if it wasn't for uni, I wouldn't go back to facebook after Lent. I get more done without it, I don't waste time sat there looking through pictures and peoples pages for no point. When I see people now I can have a nice little face to face catch up with them because I haven't seen them in a while.

So I'm going to enjoy the next 4 weeks, knowing full well that when I return to facebok at Easter but life will once again be infected with the facebook bug.