You may have noticed some of your online friends doing it. It pops up in your Facebook feed. It’s a message that goes something like this: “Hi everyone! I’m taking a break from Facebook to focus on the real world. If you need me, please text or call my phone. I won’t be checking anything on here for a while.”
Maybe you feel a little twinge of envy. Gosh, it would be nice to just leave Facebook out of your life for a few days or even a week or more. No worrying about keeping up with your neverending friend feeds, constantly posting photos, or remembering to leave birthday wishes on your buddies’ pages.
You can choose to step away from the social networking noise, but it can be hard to disrupt a habit as strong as Facebook. Here are tips to help you successfully take that “Facebook break” you’ve been thinking about:
Level with yourself
Before you take your Facebook break, take a moment to evaluate why you want to do it. Are you spending way too much time on the network? Are you tired of political arguments? Are you feeling pressured to keep up with your friends’ activities? Has it gotten to be more stressful than enjoyable? Are you traveling and will be away from reliable internet access? These are all legitimate reasons for wanting to step away.
One way to keep on track is to set a goal for yourself, such as one week, two weeks, or one month away. That’s long enough to notice any changes or differences in your life, or in the way you feel about Facebook.