Hello, my name is Mimi and… I’m addicted to Facebook.
So perhaps I should explain. I’m not Catholic. I’m Baptist, but I celebrate Lent. It’s the recognition of Jesus giving up His life for the forgiveness of the sins of mankind. During the 40 days between Fat Tuesday and Easter, people often give up things that they feel like they can’t do without in order to simulate a similar sacrifice as that of Christ. Some people give up fatty foods, other people give up alcohol, and others give up sex. My addiction – Facebook.
I know, I know. People ask if Facebook is really something to give up. They say, “It’s only social media.” Let me tell you, Facebook is like LSD in the 70s, Crack in the 80s, New Kids on the Block in the 90s … well, you get the point. It’s extremely addictive. You don’t believe me? Well maybe this will help. According to a 2009 CNN Online article, there are four telltale signs that you’re addicted to Facebook:
- You lose sleep over Facebook;
- You spend more than an hour on Facebook;
- You become obsessed with old loves on Facebook;
- You ignore work in favor of Facebook.
I’ll admit that I’m guilty of all four of the above traits. I’ve stayed up late on a work night to see if a person would return and instant message from me. And frankly, if I only spent an hour on Facebook it would be a dramatic improvement. And yes, I might have slipped back into a decade or so, found my college crush and began to lust over him all over again only to find he was married. And finally, well, I didn’t completely ignore work, but the level of procrastination may have increased in favor of doing a status update or maybe trolling the page of my “friends”. Don’t judge me.
Truth is, I knew I was addicted to Facebook when I was trying to figure out reasons not to give it up for Lent. All I could think about was all the good gossip I was going to miss, all the people who were going to miss my witty status updates (they really are awesome – my mom told me so), and all the awesome photos (I love being tagged in them especially if I’m cute). And then, I started to think about that reason behind Lent again, and realized that giving up Facebook was a small sacrifice for what was sacrificed for me. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be hard.
And so … why the blog? Well, it serves a few purposes. First, it’s a good distraction from Facebook. Second, it quenches my appetite for writing which is what I used Facebook for. And finally, it’s to track what goes in my head when I’m not sharing my life with the world for comments and the only audience is me.
Can I make it 40 days? There’s only one way to find out. Follow me each day of the journey.