The Facebook Free Summer Experiment

25 03 2013

I’ve decided to go Facebook free this summer.  Starting April 15th and going through til’ August 31.  It’s going to be a very interesting experiment, and I encourage anyone to try it out with me and share your results as we go along.  Granted this isn’t a brilliant plan, actually I’ve only constructed the idea in my head just a few hours ago.  Call it irrational if you will, but I have been wanting to give something like this a try  I’m sure there will be “complications” along the way, but lets’s face it:  Those problems existed before facebook made them “problems”.  Here’s the details:

What:

A total of 3 1/2 months without using facebook, at all.<– (note the period)

Who:

Me (of course), and you’re all invited to join me!

When:

April 15 2013 – August 31 2013

Where:

Facebook, twitter and other social media (except here)

Why:

 As of recent, I’ve found myself becoming more and more frustrated with Facebook.  Partly it’s the ever increasing amount of advertising.  I see more posts from pages trying to get me to “like” them or buy their stuff than I do friends’ posts.  Along with whatever research there is out there, I’ve noticed a difference in myself since I got facebook.  I check it almost 12 times a day (which is little compared to some).  But interestingly enough, I’m never really concerned about what others post; but rather what they say in reply to my own posts… Which is a problem… no really, it is: “One-of-many-google-results”.  And lastly, I’m doing this because I’m trying to get away from a “digitized lifestyle”.  Now arguably, that won’t happen for me.  I’m an IT guy, I really enjoy computers.  Fixing, working, playing.  They’re pretty neat.  And where I live, it’s practically impossible to effectively communicate to the outside world without the interwebz.

How:

  • My facebook password will be changed and handed off to a trustworthy associate, where it will hopefully die of old age.  I will not use password reset as that would defeat the purpose.
  • My chat is connected to a couple other resources (i.e. Skype), so if you see me “online”, you can ask, but most likely, it’s because I’m on Skype.
  • Speaking of Skype, there are still many ways for my friends to keep in contact.  Skype, Email, Phone, IN PERSON!?!?? (heaven forbid), smoke signals… the list goes on.  If you need to contact me, you already know how, and if you’re a stranger on my blog, just use the comment section (for whatever reason you’d need to contact me.
  • I will post a small bit, weekly here on my blog to let you all know how the experiment is doing (along with my regular ramblings).
  • Lastly, my blog will still be auto-updating my facebook (as usual), so my Facebook friends can see that I’m having a better time than them. 😉

 

I’m honestly really excited about this, and hope to see you all along for the ride!

Kyle

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27 03 2013
Mom

I like the steps you’re taking to make this work!

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