I could pretend I have this habit under control, but the reality is that I am addicted to Facebook. The dopamine release is real, even if I know that new notification is just a reminder to boost my post, or to tell me 'people who like Michelle Renee haven't heard from you in a while.'
But quit? How on earth would I let anyone know about my upcoming shows, or figure out what events are happening near me? Before Facebook, how did we even know what that stranger we just met at the bar does in their free time? They could be a serial killer, due diligence is important.
According to Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook, "The thought process that went into building these applications... was all about: 'How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible? That means that we needed to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in awhile because someone liked or commented on a photo or post or whatever... it's a social validation feedback loop."
I'll be honest, they got me. Thankfully, 2018 brings with it an opportunity for resolution and I'm due for a time out. Starting at midnight on January 1st, I'll be logging of Facebook for 66 days. Ironic to post this on social media, isn't it?
I have a number of goals for myself - to spend the first 10 minutes of each day writing, to meditate in the morning, and do yoga when I get home from work. I'd like to clear my digestive system of processed foods and to celebrate my endocrine system's ability to eliminate toxins. I want to cook clean meals, garden, and learn about medicinal herbs and aromatherapy. I will read more, play more, and honor my ability to create.
How much time will I have if I don't check my newsfeed first thing in the morning?