Yesterday I quit Facebook. Or was it two days ago? Three? One study said that 90% of people who quit Facebook are happy with their decision. And 1/3 return.
We all got lively on the Internet to discuss likeminded interests. That doesn’t really happen on Facebook. And we don’t discuss on Facebook; we make flash, one-sentence judgments, and we don’t post deep thoughts in one status update, either.
I’ve caught myself composing status updates in my head since I quit. And then I remember that there was a time, pre-Facebook, when I composed whole blog posts in my head.
Another thing I noticed is that when I was blogging, I read a book a day, I’d blog in the morning, write 2000 words, respond to blog comments, teach for 8 hours, and then respond to emails.
That kind of productivity just doesn’t happen with Facebook! And I remember thinking that blogging took up too much time… little did I know.
But the major reason I quit Facebook was because it made me unhappy. And I want to remember what my life was like before Facebook. I’ll miss connecting with friends and seeing their kids’ pictures, but what happened to us? We all used to post every day, or multiple times a week, long posts about writing and reading and literature and life.
With the death of Google Reader, I’ve lost many of my favorite blogs… and I’m pretty sure most of them aren’t blogging anymore. So who knows if anyone will read this, but if you have a blog (particularly a writing one, or if you’re my friend), then please leave a link in the comments so I can visit!
Do you miss the blogging days? Does Facebook make you happy?