My intention is to only use Facebook on my laptop, for short periods once or twice a day, and mainly for work. The Facebook App is deleted from my phone, as is the Messenger app that accompanies it.
I am not anti technology or social media. Far from it. I love the connections that I have made and that continue to flourish because of it.
I find myself ruled by it. My basic neurology makes me prone to obsessiveness. Which, through consistent practice is something that does not blight my life in the way that it may once have done. I do not want the pattern of destructive obsessiveness to re-establish itself in my life. I have become rather adept at heading it off at the pass, but it seems that Facebook was immune to my noticings.
In addition to the really unhelpful obsessiveness, it makes me tense and anxious and angry. I get into arguments with people I don't know on threads I should probably just ignore. I spend way to much time scrolling and not enough time working, writing, listening to music, reading, looking at things, daydreaming, and a whole bunch of other stuff that used to happen. All the time. That should happen.
The only way is to remove it. 40 days should be long enough to break that habit.
As part of my discipline, I will step up on other - more productive - activities.
- Work - obviously.
- Reading. For work and for pleasure.
- I am going to try and blog every day of Lent about how I am getting on (except Sundays when we get to have a day off from fasting)
- I am going to continue with Instagram, because it is creative and it makes me happy. And my intention is to post at least one photo every day.
- Meeting and talking and hugging in person with friends as much as I can. For those who live very far away - be prepare to be Skyped.
I will let you know how it goes.
p.s. I am well aware of the irony that this is being shared on Facebook!