“It’s only by having some distance from the world that you can see it whole, and understand what you should be doing with it.”
Five days after logging off Facebook to spend time with family and enjoy the other side of the country, I returned to the social networking site and observed 6 private messages and 67 notifications.
The messages were pithy and not time sensitive. The notifications were generic: people inviting me to like their pages, people inviting me to future events, people commenting after I wrote comments, people liking or sharing content on my wall.
Other than seeing what family members shared during those five days, I did not visit my other lists to see what people wrote. If something is important for me to see, someone will tell me about it.
I shall continue to use Facebook for the next two months during my candidacy as State Representative. I will also respond to people who tag me in posts or send me private messages. But if the past week is any indication, I’ll be on Facebook far less than my oldest FB friends are accustomed.
There is a world out there — and I intend to live in it.