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Freaky Facebook Fast

by Pete Godfrey · 10 comments

Freaky Facebook Fast

Sadly, one of the casualties of the 21st century is the inability of many folks to concentrate for more than a minute.

They are like butterflies hopping from one flower to the next; tweeting, checking emails, commenting on facebook, texting, and looking at funny cat videos on youtube.

And hey, if that’s your thing, have at it.

It’s not my job to judge… I got my own worries to deal with.

But get this…

Studies prove this constant online stimulation is rewiring brain-circuits and diminishing the capability to actually think. This is scary stuff.

But I know you don’t wanna hear that. You’re hooked on the constant stimulation of social media, and couldn’t imagine a world without it.

Okay, I understand… even this here Wizard of Words can be tempted by the shiny lights of social media. However, I will not let it interfere with my ability to think, to concentrate, to make informed decisions for myself instead of having to ‘put it out there’ to see what everyone else thinks before I make a decision.

Sure I realise I’m underutilising many of the profitable aspects of social media, but it’s a decision based on knowledge not on ignorance.

It’s my choice.

Here’s the money shot…

My use of social media is very different from the masses.

You see, I make time for certain online activities.

Take Facebook for example. I’m not there every day and frankly I’m not missing much. But when I do go and make a post, comment on a friend’s wall, and like a few things that touch me, I enjoy myself. I enjoy the interaction and I’ve got a lot of smart folks commenting on and enjoying what I have to say.

Smart folks I wouldn’t have known without social media.

So I’m not anti-social media as some folks say on Facebook. I can see the allure. And I can clearly see why so many people are addicted to it!

And it is an addiction

Some folks can’t go 30 minutes without checking in to see what everyone else is up to. Many teenagers admit checking their phones every 5 minutes (it’s not just teenagers either). But before you think I’m out of touch and my advice is taken from the Dark Ages, I want to make something absolutely clear…

Use the media without being consumed by it!

It’s that simple.

So be honest with yourself…

  • Are you using the media or is it using you?
  • Are you confusing activity with accomplishment?
  • Can you go a day without Facebook?

If not, and I’m no doctor, just a humble Word Wizard, but I feel you are addicted.

By the way…

I’m doing a little experiment… I’ve called it my…

30 Day Facebook Fast Challenge

You see, I’m undergoing a Facebook fast for a full 30 days. No posting, no reading, and definitely no checking in.

Now while I’m away from the constant Facebook chatter, I’m going to monitor a few key areas… including my productivity and profitability.

I’ll let you know how I get on… as I’m sure there’ll be plenty of lessons for all of us.

And if you’re keen, try this challenge out for yourself and monitor what happens. I’d love to know how you get on.

Anyway, leave your comments below… let me know what you’re thinkin’.

Cheers,

Pete

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Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero March 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

I admire you so much for testing this out for the rest of us, Pete. Frankly even if your results are that your productivity soars, I don’t think I would enjoy being totally disconnected from FB. It’s become how I keep up with friends and family. Sure I use it for marketing too but it’s more about the social aspect for me. But you’ve inspired me to start taking a tally of how much time I’m actually “wasting” on FB. I’ll let you know what happens!

Cheers from Cali
Lo

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Pete Godfrey August 7, 2014 at 7:12 am

Cheers Lorrie… and yeah, I did get a lot more done, but also, more peace of mind too because I wasn’t keeping up with what everyone else was doing etc. But, my therapist, she tells me I need to be more sociable so I won’t quit facebook just yet 🙂

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Di Johnson March 20, 2014 at 8:24 am

Hey Pete

I’m with you for the most part. I realised the dangers of spending too much time on Facebook some time ago. I might give it a quick check before I go to bed and “like” a couple of posts so my friends know I’m still in touch. I can’t stand people who write incredible detail about every intimate aspect of their life. I use the rest of social media as business demands and probably not enough. Ditto my phone which is certainly not welded to my hand. Who wants to answer a phone when you are walking the dog along the beach or having a massage? Certainly not me! Good on you! Di

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Pete Godfrey August 7, 2014 at 7:13 am

Love the way you think Di

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Peter March 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

I agree with you Peter, I have not been on my Facebook page for over two weeks, to busy working hard. My social interaction happens at events, private dinner parties, or a few people over for lunch or picnic. This other stuff seems to me to be a cop out from “real interaction” it is as though you must have the biggest list and more likes than any one else, but I bet you know less than 1% of them in any meaningful way! what a waste of time, it must be about Ego?
Peter H

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Pete Godfrey August 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

Yeah, it’s a real popularity contest Peter … but to be real popular, you have to appeal to the masses and that’s one thing I’ll never be or do 🙂

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Konrad March 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

Yep funny animals us humans! This just reinforces again why I choose you as a mentor, you actually do what you teach and say it how it is. As most know my body is wracked with pain and most times I feel like a Zombie because of medications. I say from my heart Pete has helped me more than any doctor ever has, he has helped me to understand me and in general humans and why we do what we do.
Real powerful exercise you are sharing with us, so many different areas of life we can use it on to get what we want from changing our quirky habits. Thanks Mate!

Konrad

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Pete Godfrey August 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

Thanks Konrad and mate, one thing you must understand… you inspire me too buddy because as you know, I am far from perfect

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Chris Stanton-Cook March 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Great post Pete.
FB is a place where you can really lose track of time – especially when friends post some amusing or interesting stuff.
A 4 week fast would certainly be good for the mind and really beneficial if the time is spent focusing on something else. Sadly many would just transfer the time to other quick hit stimulants like TV. You are so right about our ability to concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes becoming commonplace.
Over time I think most of us become somewhat bored with the commonality of posts and themes on FB – it seems to be developing a sameness and predictability like our tabloid newspapers.
You’ll be missed as your posts always have a point – look forward to your return in a month or so.
Cheers.
P.S. hope the fish are biting for you as without fb you probably have a bit more time to wet the line.

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Pete Godfrey August 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

Hey Chris, yeah mate you hit the nail on the head… folks need constant stimulus these days… where I prefer quiet solitude and big thoughts

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