So, the other day I was chatting with a friend about giving things up for lent, and what she was planning on forgoing this coming holiday. I am not religious, and therefore have never participated in lent, but thought it would be good for me to give something up for a bit. And, alas, I chose facebook. I go on all the time, get nothing accomplished, and I feel as though I’m becoming a bit addicted. So, I figured I’d see if I could do it. This is only day 2, but I’m totally motivated. I’d feel like an ass if I gave in. So no fb for a month, here we go!
Have any of you ever give anything up for lent, or any other reason? What did you choose and why? Did you make it without giving in?
Yeah, I grew up Catholic, and went to a Catholic grade school, so I’ve given stuff up pretty often, but not every year, mainly because I’d forget to think of something until that day.
I gave up reading Calvin and Hobbes one year because I was so into it, and that was really hard.
More recently, for the past couple years I would pick an unhealthy food to give up with pretty good success. Sometimes it would even continue past lent too. For example, last year I gave up eating mozzarella sticks, and I still only eat them once in a great while. It’s a good exercise in discipline regardless of whether or not you do it for religious reasons.
I’m like you, Amy–never been much for religion, so I’ve never done it. But I could probably give up Facebook forever and not really care. Now, giving up HE for 30 days…THAT would be a challenge.
Since I’m working on working out and losing weight and all that, I might give up sweets for 30 days to help my progress and get me used to the healthy lifestyle turnaround.
@Caitlin, loooove mozarella sticks! Theres a bar near my work where my coworkers and I grab beer and appetizers, and mozarella sticks are always one of the foods we get. Also, I recently tried a fried pickle. De.lish.
@jetset, I would not want to give up HE…in fact, I felt confident giving up fb because I have HE as a replacement. And good for you for working out! I should give up sleeping in and replace that with taking more walks. Probably won’t happen though, hah
Sleeping in isn’t really a problem of mine…I work overnight and usually only sleep about 5-6 hours a day. But I can already feel the benefits of taking that little detour every morning, rather than going straight home and sleeping. Maybe I should go for another walk/jog in the afternoon when I wake up?
Im in my day 5 with out Facebook, and let me tell you.. It may not seem hard when yo have things to do online (home work, e-mailing, online classes, stumble upend, ect..) but when, you have absolutely nothing to do but go online.. thats when it hits you!
Good luck! I am doing really well so far, so I am sure you can do it too!!
i don’t drop habits unless or until i come to an awareness of its negative influence. i don’t have a facebook. no doubt, it is a great tool to keep the means of contacting the people in your life strong, but i wasn’t exactly too happy with the way other people used it. that made it seemingly turn into something other than its intended purpose. (i’m not talking about everyone!) me deactivating it i guess fits in with a case of ignorance being a bliss, and that tends to result badly because we need to be the change we want to see in this world, which is why i’m contemplating if i should reactivate it again. the internet is a powerful and very effective tool to reach out to people worldwide, why not start there right? and you’re a psych major right? hahah sorry if that creeped you out, but i read it on one of your replies. anyway, unless you see facebook as a phonebook, i dont think it should be a problem detracting yourself from it. and i ask of your relation with psychology because i think this site is a more efficient resource for studying people’s behaviors anyway :)
Ashley, yay! we’re in this together!! I find that when I want to go on fb, I grab a book instead, or do the dishes or something productive. Hopefully I can keep that up!
And Tits, fb isn’t bad, it’s how people use it. Like Nick said, moderation. I gave that up mostly because I wanted to see if I could go without something that I use several times a day and don’t really need to. Just a challenge.
When I first gave up Facebook I had a tough time staying away, just because out of habit I’d hit f and it would just pop up (thank you Chrome) but a few days after my 5th or 6th attempt we got hit with a hurricane and lost power for two weeks. Unpleasant? Yes, but it did force me to kick my FB habit.
@Amy I don’t see the moderation in going from using facebook obsessively to using it not at all.
You should see if you can only use it once a day, for 20 minutes tops. That REALLY changes the way you interact with it.
edit: either way, good luck with your resolution!
I am a practicing Catholic and participate in Lent but I hardly ever will give up something, instead I like to pick an area for improvement. Bettering oneself is something that can easy become a positive lifestyle change while giving something up with the knowledge that the sacrifice is only temporary will probably not sustain itself beyond Easter. Also, I couldn’t give up Facebook because then I’d never remember anyone’s birthday.
I think people should stop using facebook to complain about small things, trash talk about other people, and post a billion different yet the same self shot pictures for the sake of self-reassurance.
I can tell how insecure a person is based on how many times they change their profile pictures, its horrible and makes me sad, seeing these people so desperate for attention that they have to use facebook to do and say such things rather than talk about the stuff that is discussed here, which is actually useful for many people rather than just themselves…
“Hey facebook! Do I look pretty enough for you???” If not (no likes/comments) then post a billion more different angles/outfits until someone likes/says, “You’re pretty.”
I’m sorry but if I for some odd reason want that kind of reassurance I’ll just do that in real life, to get real feedback.
Facebook is still important to me as a vehicle to get my voice heard and I won’t ever fully give it up, I just only check it once a day or so, no more games.
On a lighter note, I still see useful/insightful posts by friends so they get my “likes”
@Daniel haha good call on the birthday bit. So true, and it made me laugh :)
@brederik, the point you made about trash talk on facebook is half the reason I decided to take a break from it. So many of my friends were saying horrible things on fb and it’s such a turn off. I’d consider leaving a comment, but then I didn’t want to get sucked in to it, or encourage it since attention is probably what those people were looking for. I just try to ignore statuses like that