So Long, Facebook!

As of today, I am 63 days sober after having dropped Facebook cold turkey.  I’d pondered the self-censorship for many weeks and discussed the possibility of doing so with my husband many times, but the way that it happened was almost as a shock to even me.

What brought about the sudden snub of one of the most popular social networking sites?  Growing privacy concerns, an ever-changing site format, and my personal addiction to posting and reading status updates.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved communicating with friends and family online, but I came to the realization that I was hooked when I found myself frequently checking my Facebook feed while on vacation – not from one device, but from three: my laptop, my phone, and my tablet.  I attribute the sudden epiphany to the proverbial mirror of one of those device screens in which I saw the image of a person headed toward a 12-step program.

Initially, I only planned to stay away from the site for the remainder of my vacation.  I intended to log in again to upload vacation pictures once we were comfortably settled back into our routine at home, but that didn’t happen.  The more I stayed away, the less I wanted to go back to my addiction.

Sure, I miss the countless people with whom I had loads of fun on the site.  They’re the coolest bunch of people I’ve never had the pleasure to meet in person.  I don’t know if I’ll ever reactivate my account, but for now, I am grateful for the memories of these amazing people.  I’m also grateful for the extra time that I now use to focus on my family.

No more worries about tending to five virtual farms in one game, a frontier in another, and a city in yet two other games.  For now, I am content to tend to the homestead in which I reside in real life.

Do you maintain a Facebook account?  If so, how often do you check in to post or read status updates?

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