So due to numerous personal reasons, I have decided to go cold turkey and leave Facebook and most forms of social networking altogether now (and no do not repeat what I just wrote). “How is that going for you Juan?” Not that good. I’ve only been living 18 years but already this is quite possibly the hardest addiction I have had to break since the olden days of Maple Story and the even older Neopets. It is not easy. It has been 2 days since I left Facebook and I have so much free time now it is insane. I do not know what to do with myself. I have kept practicing guitar and playing (the very awesome) R.U.S.E beta but I can’t muster the same energy for both as when I used to alt+tab between them and Facebook. I might be exaggerating but I feel like I am going slightly crazy with all of this extra time. I just realized I spent around 5 or 6 hours with Facebook open every day. Leaving it open means I keep coming back to it, not staring at it for 5 to 6 hours.
There is a light at the end of this tunnel though. I am hoping that this break will reflect positively on my college career. http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/facebookusers.htm This study has perhaps found a relationship between time spent on Facebook and GPA for college students.
Typically, Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0.
In addition, users said they averaged one to five hours a week studying, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week.
I have a 3.6 GPA and I don’t spend any time studying at all. I know I could have a 4.0 GPA if I tried a little. But I have found myself focusing less and less on more important things, such as studying and getting some time in the sun, because of this need that has developed to constantly know what my friends are up to and to update them on all of my internet shenanigans. Even now I am trying to think of a way to retrieve the email and password my girlfriend changed my login to and worming my way back in. That’s right. I did not delete my account. I gave it to my girlfriend to safeguard for a month or two. Did you honestly think I would leave permanently?
Facebook is systematically brainwashing us and training us teenagers and college students for when we leave out on our own and become adults, true consumers. Facebook is readying us for a life of utter consumerism, short attention spans, and purposefully misleading advertisements. Just one stepping stone towards a Farenheit 451 world with billboards miles long and 4 televisions in every room and rapid vapid shells of conversations and television programs filled with 2 minutes of “content” and 28 minutes of advertisements. If you haven’t read this novel, you should. You would be surprised at how eerie its depictions of what modern life probably will turn out to be.
Can you suggest something for me to do with this time? A hobby or skill I could hone? Think, how much time do you spend on Facebook that could be used for something MUCH more efficient and useful?
We could all be educating ourselves to be more savvy consumers and to become media literate. We could but then we would miss out on what Joe was doing at 2:43pm yesterday. It kills me not knowing what he had for lunch then. Too bad there is no other way of contacting him and finding out. Sigh… Oh I know! I could Twitter him!
About the Author
Juan Soto enjoys reading mangas over watching animes, listening to what pleases me, majoring in Int'l Economic Policy with concentration in german, loves soccer, and plays video games for the story and not the the challenge. Yes, he is casual.