Monday, November 29, 2010

Thoughts from a former Facebook Addict

On November 1st, 2010, I did the unthinkable...

I deactivated my Facebook account. I still find it hard to believe that I haven't posted a status or looked through a stranger's photo album during the entire month of November. And I have to tell you, I feel AWESOME. The time it has freed up in my day to day is priceless. I no longer watch my kids play while I update my status about watching my kids play. Instead, I am present - watching my kids play.

I no longer linger in the kitchen checking my computer or phone to update my page to see if someone - anyone - commented on my hilarious/inspiring/boastful/humiliating/boring status. Instead, I am present - taking care of and enjoying my home, my husband, and my children.

And if I need to know how someone is doing, I call them, or text them, or email them. **side note, remember I no longer read your status updates, so I won't automatically know what's going on in your life!**

It has truly been liberating for me. I do still think in "status update" snippets. This is when you are in the middle of doing something and your mind automatically edits your experience into a soundbyte or perfect status update. Most of my days used to be full of those thoughts! Now I'm down to one or two... and I just hold on to them and tell Darren when I see him or maybe I'll blog them here. Who knows.

So, that's where I've been. NOT on Facebook. I didn't unfriend you on National Unfriend Day, I just took the plunge and walked away - and I haven't looked back :)

Check back in here for updates on the family and life - but not my minute-by-minute status :)


The Waltenburgs said...

National Unfriend Day? Really??

Do you think Facebook misses us?

How will I know what you're doing every minute of the day now? Do I really have to call you?

Can I post MY minute-by-minute status updates here?



Kelly said...

You are not alone in needing to find freedom from Facebook - it can be addicting! Fortunately grad school keeps me too busy to be all that active (on that or even my blog these past months :-( ), otherwise I could certainly have a need for FB-Rehab with you.

To actually LIVING life! (And not just posting about it. :-)

Kim said...

Kristen. NO. You may not post here! Hahahaha And Kelly, I love that last line!

Danaly said...

You are hilarious! Love it! I still think on status updates from time to time. I bet the FB creators didn't know what a powerful drug they had in their hands when they started it.


Carrie said...

Ha ha! I like it! It is so wonderful to be living in the present with those who are in your presence :)