Monday, 25 April 2016

Real Life

This post is as much for me to read and remember as it is for you guys to read!  I just want this waffle recorded so I remember...

I took a complete break from Facebook for 10 days.  I'm just going to share a few thoughts about my facebook fast...

I didn't miss it at all for the first three days.
Then I only missed a couple of specific groups (scrapbooking of course!) and seeing posts from my brother, SIL, nephew and cousins.
Then, a few days further on, I realised I was missing one other page. (I follow Dyfi Osprey Project and was missing the updates on nesting, mating and egg laying.)
I noticed I had more time on my hands.
I also noticed that it had no effect on my energy levels or night time sleeping patterns.
I did sleep more in the daytime but I'm not convinced that was facebook/screen time related, rather that my 'doing' habits altered for other reasons.

I also watched no TV - something I am keen to cut back on.  Did I miss it?  Well, yes and no.  When I thought about it I missed my regular programmes (Pointless, University Challenge, mainly quiz shows actually!) and sport.  In that time I would have followed two tennis tournaments and the snooker as well as watching a few football matches.  But whilst I was not watching, and not thinking about it, I didn't miss it at all.  I checked the scores in the evening so I could see how the Murray's and Lopez's were playing throughout the tournaments and that was fine.

What I've learned; it really seems to have no impact on my M.E. but I feel quite a bit calmer not constantly checking facebook.

What I'm going to do about it; I'm going to cut down!  I will keep using facebook as there are good parts (in my opinion) but I will try and spend less time and 'thin out' my feed so it only contains the things that I really want to see.  We'll see how it goes...

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