Feel The Need To Unplug From Facebook?

By Justin Lafferty 

We’ve all done it. Or tried to do it. We said we’d stop going on Facebook to work on a research paper or finish a project around the house. But that hiatus never lasts long, does it? A Canadian writer recently opined on the phenomenon of taking a break from Facebook.

The writer, Reb Stevenson, discussed two friends who were fed up with the social network and felt the need to unplug. They made bold statements, saying they were done.

They lasted one week and three months, respectively.

Why is Facebook so addicting? Stevenson notes that the only websites that have the same kind of addiction factor deal with porn, gambling, or eBay.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare that Facebook is the most intense website in the world. It’s like work, Christmas dinner, a house party, a high school reunion, an online dating service, and an awkward elevator ride with exes all rolled into one. Everyone you’ve ever met is there, ALL. THE. TIME.  It’s incredibly appealing and wildly off-putting all at once.

Why else would people need to forcibly distance themselves from it?

Note: My friends didn’t take a break from the Web in general so they could dedicate more time to staring at contrails or studying ants (two underrated pastimes, if you ask me). They’re saying that Facebook – just Facebook – is causing them grief. Nobody says: “I gotta go cold turkey on Google, it’s just killing me.”

Stevenson also quotes a friend who stepped away from Facebook for a bit and — gasp — interacted with the world around her. The friend said she spent more time noticing what other people around her are doing and even struck up conversations, instead of sitting with her head buried in her mobile news feed.

Readers: Have you ever taken a prolonged break from Facebook? How did it go?

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