I will be the first one to admit -- I am an avid Facebook user. I change my status frequently; often multiple times a day. And with having a laptop situated right in the middle of my living room/dining room/kitchen...it is basically on 100% of the day. It's a huge distraction as anytime I walk by it (which is often, given the location of said laptop), I need to see if anything new has been added or if anybody has commented on any of my posts.
With all of its drawbacks (mainly the addiction factor), Facebook has still been a welcome addition to my life. I love the interaction with family and friends, and it definitely helped keep me company these last several months while I was alone the majority of the time. I also find it useful when needing a favour -- like if one of my neighbours has a tin of pineapple that I need for my pizza, for example. It also came in quite handy when our stove busted this fall and instead of having to dish out hundreds of dollars for a new replacement, we rather received a FREE stove that a cousin of mine was looking to get rid of.
So yes, I am a big fan of Facebook. But as of this evening, I am taking a temporary hiatus from the website. I'm not quite sure how long it will actually last -- but I'm aiming for the new year. And one of the biggest reasons for this is that I am tired of hearing about everybody who is sick. It's true. Now, I'm not saying I have never taken part in such stasuses related to mine or my family's health -- but this seems to be the main focus of everybody's Facebook contributions lately and I just need to get away from it.
I have written before about my extreme paranoia of the stomach flu, and this year I was determined that I was going to be better about it. I know I said that last year too (and I was very unsuccessful), but this year was going to be different, I just knew it. But with every Tom, Dyck & Harry updating their statuses about people puking and feeling ill...there was just no escape from it. Literally everytime I would log onto the site, I would read about it from someone else.
I'm not saying that it's wrong...but it got me thinking: Do 200+ people really need to know when your kid barfs? Perhaps that's something that can rather just be shared with a close friend or family member. Goodness knows, I need someone to help me through it when we're battling the sickness, so keeping it all to myself isn't necessarily going to happen. But there has to be some sort of balance in my opinion.
Anyway, so yesterday evening I was already thinking of taking a break from Facebook just to get away from all of the sick-talk. Afterall, the more everybody talks about it (myself included), the more we all think about it. Then it just starts to consume us. And frankly, this is one situation where ignorance really is bliss. I know it's out there. And I know we are in contact with people who have the capability of passing it on to us. But I don't need to know all of the details of who all has it at what time and how long it lasts and who it all spread to. I wasn't quite sure I could commit to giving up Facebook though...but today while I was at work I told myself that if I came home from work and logged onto Facebook to see what I had all missed during the day -- if there was even ONE post about someone puking, I was going to just buck up and do it.
Well, whaddya know -- there were THREE posts about it! Decision made.
I want to enjoy my Christmas holidays without the stress and anxiety of knowing that someone my kid was in contact with threw up last night, so we could be next. For some people this wouldn't be a big deal -- but I know it is with me. I get so worked up and anxious that I sometimes can hardly sleep. So while Facebook is causing me more harm than good, I am temporarily giving it up for the last two weeks of the year.
And further to this...when I do pick it up again, there will be changes. My #1 goal is to keep my statuses positive. As with the sickness, there is a time and a place. So if I need to vent or complain about something, I will choose my audience a bit more carefully from now on. I'm not saying nothing negative will ever leak out, but I want to at least be more aware of it.
I also intend to narrow down my Friends list quite drastically upon my return, as I don't think it's necessary for people who I never interact with even on this forum to have such access to the day-to-day happenings of my life. If you request me as a friend, then make an effort to be a part of my life rather than just reading about it from the sidelines.
So that is my Facebook rant for the day. I know I will be back on it -- I find too much value in it to get rid of it completely. But let's face it...sometimes being "in the know" is over-rated!