I'm 2 weeks and 4 days into my no Facebook or Twitter challenge. I'm not doing it as an exercise of self control or because I hate the internet with a burning passion but instead because it was completely screwing with my brain. After a strange break down, a lot of getting very stressed out and a week of permanent tiredness, I decided that wasting half of my life procrastinating in front of a computer screen reading about other people's equally unexciting lives in the months leading up to my A level exams was a combination that just was not going to work.
Conclusions from my experiment so far:
Downsides of not using Facebook and Twitter
- Being out of the loop and not finding out about really important stuff straight away. For example, I didn't find out that JLS had split up until A WHOLE DAY after it happened
- People forgetting that it is actually possible to communicate in, like, real life. The Facebook tool for creating events is a lifeline now and it's apparently become impossible to let people know what time we're meeting for drinks in real life/via text. Links back to aforementioned point about being a bit out of the loop
Upsides of not using Facebook and Twitter
- Being in the loop (a different one). Rather than reading the Twitter feed over breakfast (and lunch and dinner and snacks and in between, too), I've been waking up and reading the BBC news app on my phone. I am now part of a much bigger, much more important loop.
- Free time. I don't think I realised quite how much time I was wasting refreshing screens and waiting for something exciting to happen (it rarely did). Result of this is that I'm less stressed because I have more time and less tired because I'm actually going to bed a bit earlier.
- My procrastination has become a little more productive. I now waste my time on more interesting websites.
- Levels of self-consciousness and worrying have plummeted. It sounds ridiculous but not having to waste subconscious brain energy wondering if I should Tweet something or change my profile picture blah blah blah is so nice.
- I've been reading actual books again! It's great.
Bex and I started together but she has caved in and therefore I win. Besides a bit of curiosity regarding messages and photos I've not been finding it hard - in fact, in all honesty it's a welcome change and a bit of a relief!