48 hours without Facebook...life without being connected

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Catarra Real Estate, Inc CA BRE #01191946

It is possible to actually go 48 hours without being on Facebook.  At least, it seems like it's possible.  I wasn't on yesterday and I haven't been on today.  My life isn't any different.  I don't feel less connnected and nobody has sent me email asking if I died.  So far, it seems that not being on a social network isn't so bad...for a while.

I wanted to run this experiment for two reasons:

  1. Am I addicted to social media?
  2. Will it matter to any of my "real world" relationships if I'm not on social media?

Conclusion:  I'm not addicted to social media.  That's my take-away from Friday night onward.  I checked out Facebook on Friday night along with LinkedIn and Twitter.  Nothing too interesting was going on so that's when I put my plan into action.  I didn't miss it yesterday.  In fact, I spent very little time online yesterday.  I spent it with my family.  Playing "Mexican Train" is actually more fun in person than it is online.  Who woulda thunk it?

Conclusion:  Being off social media may impact my real world relationships.  Why?  I think people have gotten so used to seeing a constant stream of updates that if they don't, they think something is wrong.  I've seen this before with other people who go offline for a while.  I won't know the full extent of whether I've been missed until I log back on.  However, since people could still send emails, texts, or call - I don't think I've missed much.

Have you ever taken a break from social media?

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Cal Yoder
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Bryan, I have done some of the same things. I needed to take a break from Active Rain this past week. But I affirm your experiment. I need to focus on the relationships in my face as well. It can become so easy to become distracted from the ones that really matter.

Cal

Feb 19, 2012 05:10 PM #1
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Mark Delgado
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I often take "breaks" from social media. Ok, it may be more honest to state that I inconsistently use social media. But, the net result is the same is it not?  

Feb 19, 2012 05:18 PM #2
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Brian I've taken a huge long break form FB etc as I just don't have the time right now.  I kind of mess having some fun with it. I do post my stuff etc but as far as anything else goes well, it's a matter of give and take - and choice.  I focus on the clients in front of me and right now there are a lot of them.

 

Feb 19, 2012 05:52 PM #3
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Joyce Kelley
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Never have done it so wouldn't know. Our broker has consistently done it all and has not gotten but a rental off FB nothing off twitter, linkedin, so I will just do what I do.

Feb 19, 2012 06:37 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Bryan- I don't spend that much time on FB... now if you asked me to give up AR for 2 days.. you'd get a fight from me!

Feb 19, 2012 07:14 PM #5
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Marilyn Boudreaux
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I feel some disconnect when I don't pop in to view, I guess I am pre occupied with posting to my page and seeing the news stories

Feb 19, 2012 07:15 PM #6
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Shar Sitter
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I will go a full week many times not being on FB, Twitter, Google +. Not great for business reasons but just too hard to keep up. Been difficult to keep up on AR lately too.

Feb 19, 2012 07:24 PM #7
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Bryan Robertson
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Thanks for all the comments.  I just had to take a break and see what would happen.  I got back on Facebook and really hadn't missed much nor did anyone think I had fallen off the earth.  It seems that a brief break is OK from time to time.

Feb 20, 2012 10:58 AM #8
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Generally I'm not into most social media. I've never done twitter. I do have a personal and business FB page. FB is fun sometimes, but I'm really too busy. I do, although, find myself addicted to AR. I love this site.

Feb 20, 2012 07:01 PM #9
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thank you very much for the informative and interesting post. I get so much out of the active rain network.

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