FB withdrawal.

So this past Wednesday began the season of Lent, as some of you may already know. For those of you who weren’t aware, let me offer you this definition of Lent, courtesy of the all-knowing Wikipedia.org:

Lent, in some Christian denominations, is the forty-day-long liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where according to the Bible he endured temptation by Satan. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

All right, enough with the religious rhetoric…I’m not here to convert anyone. However, the Lenten season plays a large part in the topic of this post. During Lent, it is common to give up something that you enjoy on a daily basis—for example, pop or ice cream. Hence the self-denial thing. So these 40 days I have decided to go without…are you ready for it? Facebook. Yep, you read correctly. And you know what else? It is only day three and already I’m dying. And to be perfectly honest, I’m not too sure why I feel this way. I mean, it is only a website. Really. I had thought much higher of my self-restraint. I should be able to go a few days without seeing if someone wrote on my wall or commented on my status.

So I’m looking to you, dear readers, if you are still out there and haven’t been swallowed up by the copious amounts of homework professors are handing out these days…what is it about Facebook that makes it so hard to live without? I have my own assumptions, but I’d like to hear yours first. Maybe once I’m further along in the detox process I’ll be able to write about it without feeling my right hand spasm towards the Facebook bookmark at the top of each webpage. Hope to hear from you soon!
-Nadine

2 comments:

Heather Farr said...

I don't think there is really anything that appealing about it anymore, it's almost like it's second nature. I can get on the web with full intentions of checking my email and somehow I end up looking at it for no particular reason and looking at nothing in particular.. its kind of a problem.

Hang in there!

jess said...

Haha, I did the exact same thing, except I took it to 'extremes' and permanently deleted it. I regretted it immensely by about the day after, even! I think the addicting factor is that we like being part of the online 'community', and we are rather narcisstic and like that part of our identity/life is broadcast to all our friends and the public. That's my opinion anyhoo. Good luck, hang in there!

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