So in my time machine I jumped, and found myself back in the simpler, quieter, more private world of 2006, before the 'Big F.' was a staple of our daily routine. Over the past week of being without, this is what I have found:
- Some friends I wouldn't talk with so much as I would just check up on them on FB. In that way my little bit of checking up prevented me from knowing anything actual about their life. This also happened in reverse. I could also mention the mass of people on the FB that I don't care much about (and they not much about me) but we have this strange connection via the inter-web that puts way more of each other into each other's lives than we'd ever care to experience.
- When I would get lonely or bored, I would turn to Facebook rather than calling someone up or going to do something, and like sucking on a pacifier, I was coddled but not satisfied.
- The ability to express myself in any format longer than about two sentences (or the equivalent of a long status-update) is entirely gone from me. I even find myself thinking, "What would be a funny status update to post?" and then realize that I don't have FB anymore, and then realize what a waste of mental energy/what an odd habit that slowly crept into my life/our culture over the past 5 years! This is also frustrating as composing this blog post will likely take me an hour!
- Since giving up FB I have talked to people one on one I haven't spoken with in months!
- Taking pictures this weekend I discovered that my motivation for taking pictures was to share them on Facebook as I took the picture, and wondered how I would share it now I was without FB. Didn't we used to take pictures to remember things? It seems there is a level of narcissism or assumed popularity associated with the entire thing that is kinda weird.
- Time wasted on the internet has decreased. This is a gimmie, but the list is incomplete without it.
That's it for this post! I have to say my goal is to be able to compose longer posts often enough that I break the afore mentioned expressive limitations and be able to compose something entertaining (else would you wanna read this right??) and true to what I really think (else why would I write it) right out of a stream of consciousness, rather than taking hours to compose.
A parting thought: How do you think your daily routine/our culture has transformed over the past 6 years? Do you think we're better off? Do you think its making us dumber? As I've used technology more and more, and as it's my full-time job, I don't even have a computer at home (unless you count my shiny new iPhone...) is that extreme? Appropriate? Gimmie a shout!
Stephen Rolfe Nielsen is off to go cliff jumping.