Just over 10 days ago I began my Facebook Detox. This detox limits my personal Facebook time to 10 minutes/day, although the current average across this period is 5 minutes/day. Some have accused me of this detox not really being a detox at all since I do spend time on Facebook. I have several arguments to that:
- This is a life-style change, not a diet. I use “detox” and “diet” for attention-getting shock value. In the end, I hope to greatly curtail my time on Facebook, possibly to only 10 minutes a day, every day. The remaining time will go into things I value more — sleeping, reading, working, exercising, or conversing with friends/family face-to-face, and, well, ruminating on ideas and thoughts.
- There is a value to Facebook. My business — my livelihood — is built on understanding the importance and specific value of social networks like Facebook. And I personally believe there is a value to them. However, I also understand there are other priorities in my life — my health, or my family and friends. Time spent on Facebook can compete with these, so a balance is necessary. Facebook isn’t evil, in fact it has many benefits I will post about in the future.
- This detox is not a prescription for everyone. I was talking with a friend over dinner this week and they suggested that my Facebook Detox comes off as sanctimonious at best and downright hypocritical at worst. To clarify, I’m not prescribing this Detox to everyone. I needed to make this conscious effort to control my Facebook habit, especially as it expanded to whittling away multiple hours/day. If you spend 2 hours/day on Facebook, maybe you should consider your time investment on Facebook. If you don’t, then you probably don’t have much to concern yourself about. I recognized I wasn’t investing my time the ways I preferred, and I isolated Facebook as a large part of my problem.
My goal with this Facebook Diet / Detox / Lifestyle Change is simple — to invest my precious time wisely, consciously, and efficiently on the people and things I value most. The use of Facebook can in fact help with some of those things — are you coming to my Monday Meager Meals event, organized on Facebook? Without vigilance for some, however, the use of Facebook can be a detriment. I’m trying to figure out where Facebook is beneficial and what tools exist out there to re-align the use of Facebook with my goals.
Why do you use Facebook? What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it?