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February 24, 2014

My love affair, and break-up, with Facebook

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Another study done with almost 1,000 university students, interviewed at 12 campuses in 10 countries, showed that students who turned off their cell phones and avoided the Internet for an entire day were left experiencing symptoms similar to those a drug addict would suffer from when trying to go cold turkey.

Almost four in five students experienced substantial mental and physical distress, such as panic, confusion, extreme feelings of isolation, cravings and anxiety attacks. One student compared his cravings to those of a crack cocaine addict. Researchers called this “information withdrawal syndrome.”

So how on earth am I still alive? People my age ask me how I’m doing it, and the truth is, I’m not really sure. I have a great job and a needy puppy, both of which I love and both of which keep me busy. When I come home from work after a long day, I play with my dog, watch a movie, call my college friends, spend time with family, read a magazine or book, check out Pinterest for crafts and sewing projects, look at fashion and music blogs online, or watch a classic musical, (Sing this with me: I’m gonna wash that Facebook right outta my hair!)

It’s liberating and refreshing not to feel bound to Facebook or dependent upon it. I’m only one of three people I personally know who have chosen to completely remove themselves from the whole situation, but I think more people should give it a whirl. I am, in no way, putting down anyone who frequently uses Facebook. That would be hypocritical; I used to be just like you. It was just the right time for me. 

When I hear someone say “I could never do it” I shrug and think, “Yes, you could.” 

Believe it or not, I have never been tempted to log back on. I just don’t need it anymore.

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