So being that the time is mid semester and the lovely midterm season is here, I deactivated my Facebook account to assure I wasted absolutely no time on it, and dedicated my whole existence (couple of weeks) to studying.I must say it was really weird at first, since I’ve had it I just tap the app on my phone out of habit when I have nothing else to do.
when I was on the bus. tap. when I was eating with someone and the conversation reminded me of a stale toast. tap. when I was in a place where I knew no one. tap. when I first woke up, but figured I could still stay in bed for 5 more minutes (2 hours). tap. when the professor read straight off a powerpoint. tap. when I had to study. tap, scroll, scroll, scroll. tap, slide finger to the left, next, next….
Now I have nothing to do in those times when I need to kill time, or I’m simply bored. I thought back to one of the videos we watched in class “back to the book”. Aaron decided to leave Facebook for good, I had only planned to deactivate it for a few weeks, or until I felt myself “less busy” and able to waste time on anything. Now that it’s been about a week, I’m not really sure I will ever go back to it.
why did I even make one in the first place? I had tried myspace for a brief while, and found myself only adding ridiculous decorations constantly as opposed to really “networking”. about 3 years without a myspace account, I decided to create a Facebook freshman year , since it was meant to help students keep in touch throughout their college career. Again, I have never been a big fan of expressing myself outwardly, so my profile was really “dry”, and I only had about 150 friends, if not less. the only thing I really used it for was to see how my friends were doing and how my family members living far away were making out, I could see them grow up before my eyes from thousands of miles through the screen.
regardless of what I used it for, the deletion of the account has definitely increased my productivity. now when I’m bored I remember I always have something to do. whether it be go over note cards or clean, the 5 minutes of every hour spent on Facebook have been adding up to enough time at the end of the day to do something more useful. as a full time college student, not many of us have time to waste, so why do we do it anyway? as for me, I could care less who knows of me or about me or see how cool or uncool my life is. I am quite content in obscurity and don’t see myself going “back to the book” anytime soon. I encourage everyone else to try it, even if only for a few days, to see what facebook really means to them. for a person who doesn’t really value social networking, I am doing quite well without it. will you?