I would like to announce that I have successfully completed a no-Facebook weekend. This was my first attempt, and I was surprised that I was able to do it. I’ve always heard people saying that there are negative effects to doing too much Facebook, but I’ve always dismissed it (see In Defense of Facebook: 5 Reasons Why I Love Facebook). I thought that these warnings were mere gripes of old people who were being closed-minded about the advances of technology.
My opinion changed when I watched a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek (which I discussed in my post Nothing has changed since the last time you checked Facebook). I realized that as much as Facebook has been a useful tool to communicate with others and to share information, it can also be an addicting thing that can make you crave for constant social approval. So I decided to kick my Facebook addiction.
I don’t want to be addicted to social approval because I think that this is the basis of totalitarian states. You’re so afraid of doing the right thing that you’d rather follow the mob than be criticized. I want to grow up with an independent mind. I want to always be brave enough to do the right thing.
Of course this doesn’t mean that I will abandon Facebook. As I said, I do realize its usefulness, but I want to curb my addiction. So here’s to me trying to do that. Wish me luck!
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