Well, ladies and gents, today is Easter, which means I have access to my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr again. Was it all I thought it would be?
Nope. It was actually very anticlimactic.I was received with a lot of “You’re back!” messages on all my outlets, which was cool; it’s a nice feeling, being missed. But once I answered those, I was bored in an instant; there was nothing there to see… or rather, nothing I actually cared about. Before I knew it, I was back to doing what I’ve done all of Lent: reading WordPress blog posts and news articles, with the occasional five-minute venture onto StumbleUpon. Facebook just wasn’t as interesting anymore.
Thinking about it, Facebook only ever took up all my time because I would scroll through the pages, waiting for something to happen. Nothing really does. Rather than keeping my account logged in, I’ve decided to have notifications emailed to me, separated into a special Facebook folder. That way, rather than constantly checking Facebook to see if something’s happened, I’ll now only check my email once a day or so. If there’s an email in my Facebook folder, it means something of interest has happened, and I can follow up on it. If it’s empty, then there’s no point in logging in.
Pretty good plan, no?