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:
- Am I addicted to social media?
- 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?