Wednesday, September 14, 2011
An Experiment with Facebook
My usual day starts like this at 5:30 a.m. each morning:
- Wake up
- Quickly greet God, His Blessed Mother and my guardian Angel
- Turn on my iPod touch to check email and Facebook
- Get out of bed and on my knees to pray the Morning Offering
- Get ready for Mass
Now depending on how the emails or status postings are on Facebook, I noticed it would set a tone for my otherwise happy early morning. Any troublesome emails or status reports would put me in a troubled mood or even a bad mood. Not a good way to start the day with the Lord.
Then I started realizing that I was checking Facebook statuses a lot during the day and sometimes a status report would annoy me, and I have to admit...make me envious, or competitive, etc. These feelings were not helping my spiritual life at all! In fact, I noticed that the more I was on Facebook, the more I would be fighting temptations. My peace of mind was eluding me. The more I was on Facebook, the more time I was wasting. The more I was on Facebook, the less joy I was having in my day.
I knew that right now I could not delete my account because some close family and friends use Facebook as the preferred avenue of contacting me. But I also knew I had to distance myself from the bad Facebook.
I decided I would not log into my account. I also decided that I could check messages or notifications via my iPod touch without seeing the newsfeed. This way I could still see if anyone tried to contact me about something important.
So, I did that for the last few days. I must say, I have been quite content about this decision. Not only have I notice my joy not going away because of some silly reason but I also have more time to actually perform my daily duties and also more time for spiritual reading.
Today though, I did login to see if I missed anything important. And, of course I did not. Will I go back to being a regular on Facebook? I am not sure. I sure did not miss it when I gave it up for Lent for two years in a row. I kind of like it not being a part of my daily routine.