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When I made the decision to curtail my Facebook usage it was because I felt overwhelmed. I hoped that by limiting my time online that I would have more time to accomplish the things I needed to do.

This has led to a few surprises.

One, after the first few days I found myself not wanting to visit Facebook at all. I would go there, respond to a few friend requests and leave without the desire to check a single message.

As my Facebook visits lessened so did my visits to other websites. Now instead of learning about things from news websites I’m discovering them through the messages of friends.

I’ve hardly even been on Skype in days. If I need to communicate with someone there I hop on, send my message and immediately close out the program.

I kept Skype running in the background of my life for years prior to this.

About the only thing I access with any regularity now is my email. I open the program, delete the junk, reply to the important pieces and leave.

I used to leave THAT running as well.

The results in this change have at once been surprising and unexpected. My house is cleaner, but I don’t notice myself doing extra work.

My reading backlog has decreased. I’ve caught myself reading a lot more these days. At this rate I may be able to get to all of those old classics I promised myself I would read someday.

I’ve written more words these past couple of weeks than I have in a long time. Some of them are for my projects, others for my journal but words are words just the same and I’m thankful for the added productivity.

I’ve also made a discovery I never thought I would make. Well, not for me personally at least.

I’ve discovered that if it wasn’t for entertainment and our need for communication we could eliminate the Internet from our home.

I can actually see it as possible for my own personal life which is quite surprising. Katie – not so much!

However, we do use the Internet to operate our phones and for entertainment (not including my work) so I don’t foresee us canceling it anytime in the future. It is much easier and cheaper to use the Internet for these things than to go back to using their old-fashioned counterparts. It does feel nice to put the Internet in its place though!

Have you ever limited the time you spend on a particular website or online in general? Did you learn anything about yourself during the process? Please share your stories in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  1. mary wrote:

    I am not blogging as much as I used to. But I do use facebook a lot because half my kids/grandkids live on the other side of the country. Can’t see cutting that out-but maybe cutting back on it.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
  2. Belinda wrote:

    I use the Internet and email so much at work that I limit my home use. I made a rule to never read work email outside of work hours and that has helped a lot. I don’t use Facebook or twitter and that us a conscious decision to keep life simpler.

    I do have basic television, but not cable. I have given up television totally at various times, and I am working toward doing that again.

    Online, I read some blogs ( including yours, now) and belong to a few email subscriptions (The Compact, Dr. Mercola). I understand that the Internet can take over one’s life. Unplugging from time to time feels great. And, you get much more done.

    Thanks for prompting me to think about this.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink
  3. Deb wrote:

    Thats interesting….I also struggle with Facebook. It is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with distant friends. I have to live with knowing that I shouldnt even try to keep up with whats on my wall. Instead I try to discipline myself to check in on my friends as a sub group. If I dont do this I can really waste time. I probably should go back in and tidy up whats feeding in…another task for the to-do list!

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  4. Kathy wrote:

    Even though my husband thinks I couldn’t go without it, I could mostly cut it out if it weren’t for our businesses, our entertainment, and for my girls to do homework projects. We use it for Netflix and I do use it for reading the very few blogs I still read and I love to use it to look up things. Honestly I could do most all of what I need it for on my phone internet, which is built into my package, except for the need to upload photos to my website when I shoot shows. Our internet service is pitifully slow after we moved so we are really losing our dependence on it. You know what’s crazy? I have never Skyped at all. I hear people talk about it all the time, and as much as I use technology, using Skype has never interested me. I have started cutting back on my Facebook time and I unfriended a ton of people, mostly because I didn’t feel good about myself after seeing most of the posts. So many of the posts are of things people bought or trips they take that I either can’t afford or don’t need and that would make me feel bad. There is also an abundance of posts on issues that really tick me off. We also quit watching the news for the same reason–and we are a much happier family now because we spend less time worrying about things we can’t control and things we can’t have.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

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