So what happened when I didn’t log into Facebook for 48 hours? Nothing at all. Everything remained the same and I was fine.
Haha, that is true, I’m still alive and didn’t combust because I didn’t know what was happening to my friends and networkers for 2 days.
I have to admit, it was largely an accidental time off Facebook. My family came to visit and stayed overnight and spending time with them was a lot of fun!
When they were together for roughly 24 hours, we…
- sat around catching up
- drank lots of tea, coffee and orange juice
- played fun games of quoits in the garden
- scoffed dinner and a couple of desserts
- enjoyed Prosecco, lager, red wine, vodka and orange juice between us
- laughed playing Dobble around the dinner table
- watched a little telly
- snacked a lot on crisps and custard tarts
- chatted and giggled loads
- ate breakfast at the table in the morning
- walked a few miles to town and back
- sat in the garden eating biscuits
Sounds like a lot of things to be doing, and enough to be distracted enough not to open Facebook and see what everyone was up to, but it wasn’t really. Some of the time we were sat around doing nothing. I didn’t feel I needed to know what was going on or crave the attention of the outside world when I was having a good time. Or the need to shout about it either.
This was easier since I turned off Facebook notifications on my iPhone and iPad months ago. I haven’t seen pop ups when I’m tagged, mentioned or Friend-requested for a while now. It’s better now that I can choose when I want to open Facebook to have a look what’s going on in the world. I really enjoy the freedom turning notifications off has given me. They are turned off on my Mac too which helps during the working day!
After my family left I was still on a high; I had a really enjoyable time. So instead of opening Facebook and getting lost in the madness like I have always done, I took the time to catch up on some articles I’d clipped into Evernote, jotted down a list of blog posts I’m going to write (about time, much?!) and made time for some self-development reading too. I was very pleased with myself 😃
“But what’s the message…?”
What I learned the last few days is that if you are happy in your space, you don’t need any external validation or suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out). Moral of the story – try and be happy where you are. Easy to say though, right?