Life without Facebook
by Sarah Luna
It’s been about two months since I deleted my Facebook account. I thought I’d report back about how my life has changed.
What I’ve been doing since unplugging from the Matrix
- Reading about personal development, finances, current events, and apologetics on various blogs like Get Rich Slowly, ZenHabits, Presentation Zen, Nerd Fitness, The Meming of Life, Conversion Diary, and Art of Manliness.
- Writing postcards to friends.
- Talking on the phone with friends.
- Discovering that I want to build a tiny house.
- Learning French (with the help of the language hacking guide)
- Finally putting together a coherent dissertation idea. Is it good? No. Is it something? Yes.
What I haven’t been doing
- Following gossip/arguments on people’s walls
- Looking at pictures on Facebook
- Being sad that my friends are in warm weather while I am not. (this is surprisingly easy to deal with now that I’m not seeing pictures)
- Obsessing over the minute life-details of people I don’t really know that well.
What I miss
- Pictures of friends
- Being able to “catch up” on a friend’s life by clicking a few buttons
- Status updates: I have no idea how my friends are right now. Hm.
What I value
- Instant communication. This was the hardest thing to give up.
- Meaningful communication. This is what I have left. I have to make the time to share my thoughts and feelings one-on-one. This is not easy.
Now it’s back to work for me!