Leaving Facebookistan

Leaving facebook is like taking down a large Lego house, a piece at a time.

Dissasembly of an online persona, now cyber-relic.

Of  250+ facebook friends, I only felt inclined to say goodbye to twenty or less. Some of those I knew from real-space. Almost all of that small group responded.

In deleting the rest, I saw many of who I had no recollection.

Many others I hadn’t spoken with or heard from in a year or more.

Eight or so blank avatars became visible, indicating deactivated accounts.

None had said goodbye.

I had spent a great deal of time in a noisy chatty cyber-hall of people whose names I couldn’t even recall. Almost every day. Sometimes for hours.

This is addiction: irrational, unwholesome, imbalanced, unhealthy.

As with other addictions, it grew gradually… and ended abruptly “cold turkey”.

Deleted 120 “Notes”, the facebook version of a blog post. Most came from teachers I appreciate. Some will reincarnate here during Teacher week coming up on SIAOF.

The body feels different – less tension in the morning, since none remains  from facebooking the night before.

This life has become simpler, ( mentally) quieter, calmer.

I spend more time talking to S., taking evening walks, and sky-gazing.

What was I thinking ?

Maybe that’s it: too much thinking ( and talking ) ;

not enough stepping back to see what was really going on.

Quiet reflection (at least about this) got crowded out.

How is Facebook Addiction Affecting Our Minds? #infographic

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For more along these lines: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2012.0323

First pic from here: http://images.theage.com.au/2010/10/08/1973361/42

Infographic  from here: http://mashable.com/2012/11/03/facebook-addiction/

How to: http://www.howtoleavefacebook.com/

More: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/facebook-addiction.html

http://www.techaddiction.ca/facebook-addiction-test-symptoms.html

And more generally:

http://www.businessinsider.com/10-reasons-to-delete-your-facebook-account-2010-5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_addiction_disorder

http://www.netaddiction.com/index.php?option=com_bfquiz&view=onepage&catid=46&Itemid=106

http://counsellingresource.com/lib/quizzes/net-addiction-testing/internet-addiction/

 

About dominic724

A former seeker starts blogging.
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8 Responses to Leaving Facebookistan

  1. JD says:

    This is great. I’m actually in the process of cutting off my facebook use and started with deleting all game apps. I’m considering if I should simply delete my profile from facebook altogether. I think the only thing that stops me now is the event invites I’d need to know from some of my social groups as a leader within them. Other than that facebook is very unappealing and I think it’s time for me to delete ‘friends’ and streamline at least. Thanks for the extra motivation. Might have to link back to this when I write about it.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yes, its been peaceful without the mentally represented circus 🙂 and it was fun while it lasted. Many teachers!
    Love to you, Elizabeth

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  6. addiction says:

    Aw, this was a really nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I put
    things off a lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

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