A week away from Facebook

I’m having a week without logging into Facebook.  To ensure I don’t go there accidentally, I logged out and even deleted the app from my phone.  I was getting so mad about Facebook for so many different reasons (perhaps I will write about them over time) but then came to realise that part of the problem was me and the simplest part of this to solve was how often I checked it.

The best way to figure out how often you do something is to resolve to not do it for a period of time.  I am pretty surprised at how often my thoughts have been turning to Facebook.  I’ve even typed it once inadvertently and saw the login page beckoning.  Would I say I am addicted to checking Facebook?  I’m not sure, but I’m glad to be having time out from it.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about how technology is changing our social behaviours.  I highly recommend Alone Together by MIT researcher Sherry Turkle.  Just as the disturbing film We Live in Public stayed in my thoughts for quite some time (and often comes back to me), to say Alone Together is food for thought is such an understatement.  I’m going to re-read the book shortly and take notes on it on my blog as I do so.

The other day I discovered Caterina Fake via Anil Dash and found her excellent post on FOMO – the fear of missing out – which is discussed along with Sherry’s book over at Psychcentral.

“Social software both creates and cures FOMO. If you didn’t know that party was going on, you’d be home contentedly reading your latest New Yorker. But since you do, you hungrily watch each new tweet.” – Catarina Fake

Is FOMO the main driver for logging into Facebook all the time?

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