You know how it is when you have an old refrigerator and it’s killing your energy bill running way more than it should, but you live with it because no way can you afford to buy a new one. But then every once in a while when you’re home by yourself and you don’t have the TV or the radio on, the refrigerator stops running and it’s only then that you realize how loud it was and how quiet it is when the noise is gone, and you think, “I have GOT to figure out a way to get a new refrigerator.”
Quitting Facebook was like that for me.
I’ve been thinking about signing off for a long time. Tanita’s the one who made me start thinking about it (over a year ago, I guess–seems more like a few months), but ultimately it was wanting to get serious about getting back to writing regularly and realizing that my injured arm is as healed as it’s going to get that made me deactivate my account. It was hard to do, though. I’ve gotten in such a habit of keeping in touch with people that way, and for the first few days, I felt like I’d been cut off from the Feed. It was like a whole part of my world went silent.
It kind of freaked me out. I kind of liked it.
It’s been a week and a half now, and I’m finally not having the urge to check Facebook anymore. During this same time, I’ve been blogging more, I’ve been working on my book, and I scoured up a couple small writing jobs that will actually pay. It’s not like I was on Facebook all the time, but it was a distraction (I don’t think it is inherently–it’s just that I am often on the computer and am highly distractable). I am also very sure I’m not totally in touch with what all my people are up to, but maybe that will balance out in other ways. I notice I’ve gotten much less in the habit of writing letters over the couple years I’ve been on Facebook, but over the last week, I’ve been sending out mail almost every day.
Of course, that’s just a week.
It’s going to be interesting to see if any of these changes last. If not and if I miss Facebook, it’s not like I can’t sign back on (Facebook has reminded me about this via email more than once), but I’m going to give it a good long while first.
[This is a tangent, but talking about noise reminded me of “5 Ways to Listen Better.” I am lately addicted to TED videos, and being off Facebook has given me more time to watch them, too.]