It was 31st Jan, night.(Don't remember time.) I got on my bed after reviewing a software, took my phone and tapped on the dark blue icon with the letter "f" in it on my home screen. The damn Facebook. I checked my notifications, answered two of the messages from my friends and checked out who's online even though wasn't going to chat with anyone of them. I started scrolling down the wall. Saw a cool pic, liked it, SCROLLED, liked a status update and SCROLL, shared a funny pic and SCROLL, and scroll and scroll and scroll.
But, suddenly something struck my head. Something I never thought before. "Am I getting addicted to Facebook? Has it enslaved me?" Why is it every time I get Free I open Facebook? Why is it every time I go out of my city I check in that specific place? Why is it every time after a group photo the first thing that strikes is to upload it on Facebook? Why has it got involved that much in my life? Well, I should say involved that much in my brain.
Yep, I understand it's social networking site, best way to communicate, catch up with friends and other stuff. But, why can't I resist it? If there's nothing to do, open Facebook. Get up from bed in morning, Facebook. Even I would "FART" after opening Facebook. What the hell! Is that all what I've got.
I'll have to do something. If can't remove it from my head, I can at least reduce it's usage. I thought of not using Facebook for whole February. I pinged my besties that I'll not use it for a month. They were not that surprised. They knew that this guy will do anything for adventure. And this time it was with Facebook. I deleted the app. Got on my laptop and deactivated my account. With a reason " I'll be back! ". I was all set for the adventure. And It began the next day.
The Adventure Begins1st Feb. 6:30 AM. The alarm rings on my phone. I turned it off. Unlocked the screen. And with my eyes half open I tapped on the screen looking for that dark blue icon. Where the heck did it go! And after 15 seconds of hunt, I remembered the resolution of not using Facebook for a month.
I replaced the space left by facebook with Flipboard. An app that gathers your news, blogs and popular sites that you follow and organizes the content in form a magazine. And also can create your own magazine. It’s really a great app for productivity and always keeps you updated of what’s going around the world. Rather than pissing off your head to like a crappy selfie.
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That morning was really cool. My mom called me down for the break fast. I came downstairs flipping down Techcrunch on flipboard. Instead of scrolling to see a stupid “Good morning friends.” Status updates. Even my mom got shocked to see me flipping and not scrolling. I liked it. Doing something new. Changing your routine. It was nice experience that morning.
I went at the bus stop. Waiting for the bus. Bus comes up, I stepped in and took a seat besides my friend. And he suddenly showed me a funny pic on that damn thing. I was like cool minded at that time and said him ‘Nice’ and gave him a faded smile. He starred at me like I’d stole something from him. But, actually I was resisting myself from that thing.
Long story ShortI’ll not make it long a story, I’ll end it with meaningful conclusion. Well, from 1st Feb till 28th Feb. I saw really drastic change in me. I actually got more active. I could spend more productive hours behind my studies and I programmed a lot. I read books, blogs and random topics which I was not at all interested (like this How poop can save your life).
I actually became more energetic. I also decided to workout every morning. All in all I was happy. I was happy with my decision. I never knew that to resist yourself from the thing you got addicted with, would bring peace in my mind. I also sold one of my other blog and made some money.
I always added all my links to pocket (Read it later app). I used quora a lot. Their community is damn awesome! Those hours spent on quora were the most knowledgable hours.
Some ProblemsYeah! I had some problem while using internet. I had to register with sites using my email, as there was an option for sign up with Facebook. I don’t use twitter that much so there was no use of signing up with twitter. Also I couldn’t share stuff from blogs, as every time it would pop up to login to my Facebook. Facebook will never delete your account. It’ll just suspend it until you login.
I mostly chatted with friends on whatsapp, so no issues in communicating with friends and family.
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1st MarchThe end of the resolution. I downloaded facebook back on my phone. But, this time it wasn’t on the home screen. I learnt to use it effectively not addictively. It’s usage got reduced automatically. I created a list of my favorite blogs and sites and added that my to favorite lists on my news feed. So, that I could get updated of new technologies and programming stuffs.
And trust me
“If you can control your mind. You can achieve anything!”