[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. This month we’re following Ariel as she, GASP, quits Facebook. Last week, her body shut down (no, for real); how’s she faring now??]
Two weeks without logging in to Facebook and I still have a pulse. This is a very, very, VERY good sign!
My second week Facebook-free has gone surprisingly well. I’ve even managed to convince a bunch of people to come along this journey with me. (Editor’s Note: Who ARE these people!?) It seems that I’m not the only one who has become emotionally and physically dependent on a website.
I feel your pain, fellow addicts. Let it all out. This is a judgment-free zone.
With classes starting back up in ten days (Is this real life?) and having to move back into my apartment in less than a week, I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and sort through my email… let alone stalk friends-of-friends-of-friends. And I’ve barely missed it.
But maybe it’s because I’ve continued to fill this Faceboook-induced void with multiple pairs of shoes and tons of new outfits. (I’ve spent a lot of time at the gym too! I need to look good in these new clothes.) Isn’t that what always happens? People replace one addiction with another? Yeah, I’ve got a ridonk new wardrobe, but now there’s a void in both my wallet and my heart.
I’ll tackle budgeting my time and my money next month.
Despite that little binge, overall I just feel relieved. Independent. The obligation of answering a wall-post or responding to someone harassing me through Facebook chat is gone. As are the hours upon hours of wasted time stalking someone’s pictures or constantly refreshing the Newsfeed. If someone really needs to talk to me, they should have my phone number. If not, we aren’t really friends… and why are you creeping on my photo albums (Okay. Pot. Kettle.).
My goal from this whole experience was to learn to live my own life, not continue to watch people live theirs through their profile pages. And so far, it’s working. Even if it’s costing me a ton of money….
We’ll see what happens next week when I’m itching to post pictures of me living my own life. In my new wardrobe.