I am 3 days into a 99 day break from Facebook.
For me and 24 million other Brits Facebook has become a staple of everyday life (that is the number of daily individual logins). How many of us sleep with our smart phones less than 3 feet away? To then check your social media updates near waking?
It’s brilliant and this post from Mashable sums up all the reasons I use Facebook:
1) Facebook is one of the best ways to stay in touch
2) Facebook stalking is an invaluable tool
3) Facebook has become a scrapbook and journal of our lives
4) We don’t want to miss out on event invites
5) Facebook keeps us in the know
6) Facebook helps us remember family and friends’ birthdays
7) Facebook private groups are useful for work, school and networking
8) We love sharing our awesome lives through humblebrags
9) We get to show how hilarious we are to the Facebook world
10) It just seems weird if you don’t have Facebook
So Facebook rocks right?
Em, no. Ethically, something is rotten in the state of Facebook.
Or maybe digital? After all there’s stiff competition out there for ‘most evil‘ empire *cough Google*.
But it was the recent news that Facebook had manipulated the newsfeeds of 689,000 users in which friends’ postings were moved to influence moods, without any sort of informed consent, that finally broke my flexibility in tolerating standards of behaviour that cross my moral comfort zone.
So when I came across 99 Days of Freedom; an online study on how life without Facebook impacts user happiness, something chimed.
By giving up Facebook (and mean uninstalling from all devices, switching off all notifications, breaking the habit of lunchtime and breaks of checking my news feed) it will save the average user 1683 minutes. That’s well over 28 hours of freedom gained in the 99 days.
The people behind the study contact you after 33, 66 and 99 days, to see how you’re doing.
So I’ve signed up, uninstalled, logged out and now I’m going to enjoy life as instructed. Let’s see what I can do with my free time…