Challenge #14: I will not use Facebook for a month

Josh GilmanGrand Decluttering Challenge, Information Overload

By Matthew Colegrove:

I will not use Facebook for a month

That is right. No Facebook for a month. No scanning Facebook for hours at home or on your phone while you are riding the bus. Ten years ago almost no one had Facebook, now it consumes many hours a day of our time. But you know what that is not even really the issue that I am worried about at this time. Even though spending hours on Facebook or the internet should not be taken lightly and should be monitored so that we know how much we use it and what it is doing to us.

Here is a little video to help explain our use of social media.

The Real Issue

The Real Issue is, that spending time on Facebook can easily lead us to looking at porn. It numbs our brains, fires off dopamine (which is what are brains get addicted to through porn), and creates feelings of sadness, depression, or even joy. All of which are common triggers to seek out porn.  It would be as if an alcoholic spend a good amount of time next to the liquor section at the grocery store or constantly walked by the liquor store. You are not setting yourself up for success. Knowing your cues is a BIG part of keeping yourself away from the thing you are addicted to. We are here to help you set yourself up for success.

Setting yourself up for Success

Staying off Facebook for a month is really just a small thing in the list of things that you can do to set yourself up for success. Facebook has become such a part of our lives that it might be hard to imagine what you might do instead of going on Facebook. How are you going to talk to your friends or know what is going on in other people’s lives. I know I am about to get a little old school on you and I am not even that old but we could call them or text them. Just because we have Facebook does not mean that we are forced to passively learn about what is going on in our friends lives. Don’t get me wrong I have so many friends that I am just passively friends with where I never really talk to them I just see updates on Facebook. But is that really good. Do I want to see my close friends pictures for the first time on Facebook or sitting next to them talking about the pictures with them.

Setting yourself up for success means evaluating what you are doing and why you are doing it. Are you willing to call/text some friends and talk to them about what is going on in their lives for the next month? Is staying away from anything that might lead you to porn important enough to stop surfing Facebook for just a month.

I challenge you to not use facebook for a month and see how big of a difference it will make.

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