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I survived the Facebook and Twitter break

January 13, 2011

Social Networking Collage on Canvas by Carrie Town

I can cross one more item off my 30 Before Thirty list… I successfully went from October 15-December 15 without checking Facebook or Twitter. Overall, I’m thrilled I did it. It was great. I was noticeably more productive, and I didn’t feel like I was procrastinating even when I was in a situation where I was waiting, like for the doctor or at the airport.

I did miss it at times… specifically:

  • Late November, as I planned to attend a conference in Austin, I could not log on to Facebook to see if anyone I knew lived in Austin to maybe go for a drink or meet me for dinner. So I hung out at the conference alone.
  • Early December, the arrival of our first Christmas gift: a box full of Seventh Generation toilet paper rolls… 23 to be exact. No note… just a box from Gaiam. It was really quite funny and all I wanted to do was share it with people!

Overall, I missed reading JD’s status updates (which are always funny… at least to me), and I couldn’t congratulate or see when people had babies, got married, got engaged or other awesome life events that really make Facebook worthwhile. How else could I have found out that my old friend from high school had a baby and that he’s adorable??

Since the break, my interest in checking these sites have waned considerably. It’s really not as fun. Facebook and Twitter have become just interesting sites I read seldomly, much like the blogs I frequent and the online newspapers I peep. I still love my Wall Street Journal subscription which I enjoy more now, if that was possible.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Facebook and Twitter are bad or wrong… I’m just saying that they are not as fun anymore to me. I still find certain status updates highly amusing and I love participating in discussions via social networking, but overall, I’m glad I got out of my Facebook and Twitter habit to see that there’s a whole lot of other stuff out there that I was missing… and I didn’t even know it!

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