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Taking a Break from Facebook

By Aaron Tanner

· Facebook,Social Media,Obsessive Compulsive,Fasting,Internet

My church does a fast at the beginning of every year. It is supposed to get us closer to God. I have never done a multi-day fast from food and for health reasons, and I am not sure if I would be able to handle going three weeks without eating.

Instead, I decided to do a fast from Facebook now that I am back from my trip to Washington D.C. Although Facebook features many Asperger related groups where those on the spectrum share ideas, the website can not only be a waste of time, prolonged exposure can lead to increased depression and anxiety.

Autism Activist Samantha Carter discusses on her blog why social media is a blessing and a curse for someone with Aspergers. The takeaway is that Facebook can feed on the Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies that is often a side effect for someone with the condition. Not only that, I am not good at small talk and a lot of times it is difficult with something to say on my Facebook wall.

I would like to devote my time during this fast to doing other things besides spending all my time on social media. Instead, I could be reading a challenging book, praying longer, writing in my journal or writing more blogs.

Although I will continue to post my writings on Facebook through the website I create my blogs on, I encourage any comments to be made on The Rocket City Notebook as I will not be checking for likes. I have not viewed Facebook in almost a week, and I deleted the app from my phone.

My fast will continue until February 4th. If I start seeing improvement in my overall health, I may continue the Facebook fast through the traditional Lent period, which this year runs from February 14th until April 1st (which means that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are on the same day while Easter and April Fool’s Day fall on the same day).

I hope to blog about my experience staying away from social media. When I am ready to come back to social media, perhaps I only spend a couple of days a week checking Facebook. In general, I need to focus less time online and more time on my hobbies, journaling, interacting with friends in the real world and reading books.

Have you taken a break from social media and what did you experience? Comment in the section below.

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