Tuesday, March 8, 2011

40 Day Facebook Fast

The season of Lent is upon us. As I started reflecting on the things in my life that are keeping me away from being focused not only on God, but on the type of person I want to be and the life I want to live, I kept coming back to one MAJOR distraction:
FACEBOOK
Now, there is nothing wrong with Facebook in and of itself. It is a great way to reconnect with people and to stay in touch; however, my usage of it is unhealthy, bordering on addiction. I’m on Facebook way too often for my own good.
The first thing I do upon waking is reach for my iPhone and check Facebook. The last thing I do before I go to sleep is check Facebook. Stopped at a red light? Facebook. Waiting to see the doctor? Facebook.  Watching TV? Facebook. Spending time with my child? Facebook. Cooking dinner? Facebook. You get the picture.
I need to take a serious break from Facebook. It is eating up time that I could be using to reflect on myself and my relationship with God and to work on cultivating the life that I envision for myself.
So here is what my 40 Day Facebook Fast will entail:
-Removing the Facebook app from my iPhone
-Refraining from visiting Facebook on any and all computers (I may have to have my in-house IT guy block it, but we’ll see if I can muster the inner strength)
-Saying a quick prayer or doing a quick devotional each time I find myself tempted to go on Facebook
-Each day, I will use some of my evening Facebook time to do a Lenten Devotional.
-Drafting up a plan for how to keep the Facebook addiction under control following Lent.
-Being mindful of not filling the Facebook void with other social media and/or mindless time-wasting distraction.
-On Sundays, when Lenten restrictions are lifted (in my denomination we see Sundays as mini-Easters, this does not apply to all churches), I will limit myself to one Facebook visit of no more than 30 min.; however at the beginning of my fast, I may need to avoid this all together).
-I will continue to post my blog posts on Facebook, however I will only do so by clicking the share button here on blogspot, and not by actually going onto my page.

So that is my plan! My hope is that in the long run, this will become the norm for me and I will be able to use my time away from Facebook to focus on the things that are truly important in my life.
(And a quick postscript: If you’re interested, this is a great article discussing how Lent and Simplicity go hand in hand. )

9 comments:

  1. I deleted my FB account. I too was on it way too much. When it became some of my family members only means of communicating (and I mean, not even talking about Big Important things in person but only on FB), I decided enough was enough. I spend too much time on it and if people really want to talk to me, they know how to get a hold of me. :) (Plus I just started my masters in English and I need all the extra time I can get.) Good for you, Colleen! I think you'll find you won't miss it.

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  2. Thumbs up... but you'll be missed!

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  3. Hopefully Facebook is the only victim of your Lenten fast?

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  4. Sounds good to me as long as you don't give up BBC or GT, too!

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  5. @Kim- good for you!! But keep in touch! Good luck w/ your MA!
    @Clara, Cara & Shelley-- fear not, it is just fb.

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  6. I'm a Facebook addict as well. Can't wait to see your post-Lent FB plan. Hope you share it!

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  7. @Raising-- I defintely will! It has been tough. This morning I realized my inner thoughts seem to run in status update form-- e.g. "Lady Gaga and Robyn= great way to start the day"

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  8. But you're still posting to facebook from blogger... Isn't that kind of cheating. :-)

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  9. @Rachel-- nope, because it is within the parameters of my fast AND I never actually go onto facebook. When I click the link button in blogger, a box pops up, I write a quick intro and then off it goes! I'm never actually on the Facebook site. Plus, using fb to promote my blog Is a healthy use of it, but posting the minutae of my life every hour and checking it obsessively is NOT.

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