March 2018
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taking a week hiatus from reading facebook

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So I decided to take a week-long break from facebook and literally less than 10 minutes later I automatically went to load it. I had already completely logged out and told fb to forget my device, so I didn't ruin my intention, but I can already tell that this is going to be both a struggle, and hopefully enlightening.

I don't think my posting to fb makes my life worse in any way, but checking my feed does. I have stripped it down to just good people but it's an ADHD/anxiety trap no matter what -- even when I have JUST scrolled through for an HOUR and then closed it I will open it again without thinking. I just get stuck and I waste my life. Topaz will occasionally get frustrated with me or worried about me because sometimes it's like a compulsion and I have to put my phone in another room to stop looking at fb.

So far (it has been a day and a half) I have realized that I use fb to self-soothe when I am feeling stressed, because it is an effective distraction when there is a lot I haven't seen yet. But it is not at all effective when I have checked it recently, which is most times when I look at it. So I'd say more than half the time I open it and scroll through looking for new content and don't find any but keep looking anyway. It is a really bad first step for coping with stress, because it usually doesn't help yet prevents me from trying something else.

If I can reclaim my time and get more writing done by not reading facebook, then I may restrict myself to only using it when I am at my computer. That way I can still keep up with people occasionally but not get automatically snared. At this point that new rule is looking very likely. The real test will be when I next ride the bus without being able to check facebook.

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feladrone ══╣╠══
"it's an ADHD/anxiety trap no matter what -- even when I have JUST scrolled through for an HOUR and then closed it I will open it again without thinking. I just get stuck and I waste my life."

I've had major problems with this too, except with Instagram instead of Facebook. It was never a problem up until they switched to a non-linear feed. Before I would check Insta once or twice a day and scroll until I got to the end of everything new, and then I could close the app no problem. And then they introduced the endless-scrolling thing using a special algorithm.

It *really* is addicting. Honestly I wish it were illegal, it feels like brainwashing. Users don't just see what their friends post, users see what FB/Insta wants them to see.

I have to actively stop myself from scrolling down my feed. Instead I just manually check the pages that I like, using the search bar. Even then it's addicting though, and I do sometimes end up scrolling down my feed. I know I should quit, but there are so many artists on Insta that I really love. Blegh. Instagram used to be my favourite social medium, hands down. Now it's really a love-hate thing. I love the people I follow, I hate absolutely everything else about it.

(Wow this kind of turned into a rant, sorry, haha. What I was really trying to get at, is I absolutely related to this. I wish I had the strength to go on an Instagram hiatus.)
belenen ══╣antagonistic╠══
oh god, yeah, same for me. instagram became just useless to me when they did that. I hate it SO MUCH. at least on facebook you can change it back!

I feel you! we need someone to create a view portal that puts stuff in chronological order so we can get around this horrible mess.
fairytaleguise ══╣╠══
It's a real struggle. I've had issues with compulsive FB scrolling too. Lately I've installed a FB blocker on Google Chrome that lets me access my groups but not my feed (I need the groups for networking and biz support), so now I only see it on my laptop, which helps.

I hope you get the benefits you are hoping for from this and it makes a positive change in your life.
belenen ══╣╠══
I have had it blocked on my computer but for a while now I have been mostly checking it on my phone so that stopped being useful! but so far being logged out on my phone has saved me.
bunnika ══╣bunny: frazzled╠══
I am the exact same way, like in all respects. I've successfully broken free of facebook before, but it always creeps back in. I think I need to pare it down again though, because it's becoming too triggering. There's just too much bad stuff on there, too many people being fucking horrible, and I can't handle it. It overwelms me with sadness and anger and frustration and it doesn't help me live a happier life. I like the connectedness to the people who are worth it, but it's hard to sort them out.
belenen ══╣ADD-PI╠══
I have a custom list of non-horrible people which is the only thing I check, so that part is solved for me. The part that gets me sucked in is just the distraction of it. It just hooks me in the brain and I get lost in stuff that mostly does not matter. Memes and animal gifs etc. Not how I want to spend my time, even when the memes are anti-kyriarchy.
ragnarok_08 ══╣AoE ★ lovely absurdity╠══
Facebook really is a mixed blessing - I've had to take breaks from it too, and I still am taking a break from the website.
belenen ══╣╠══
*nods* <3
jeune_fleur ══╣╠══
I hate Facebook SO MUCH D: I stopped using it months ago luckily, and I wish I could delete it but I use it for study groups and Messenger.

call_me_katya ══╣╠══
So glad you're taking this break! I've temporarily deleted Facebook in the past and either that or being out all day were the only things that worked for my urges to check it. I'm trialling a blocker which I've set to let me check it before 2 in the afternoon and after 10pm, which means I get plenty of time on it but not the main part of the day, when I should either be out or just doing other things. I got a tablet for Christmas and I'm checking it a little as a workaround [the block is only on my computer] but I've put my tablet charger in a really difficult to get to place. I hope to only really use it when I travel. Or I guess when I'm sick in bed. I do not have a smartphone.

I feel the same way as you though. I was sitting up at my computer constantly, not coming off it for TV shows I really like [which also includes family time and talking to my Mum about the shows]. I'm scrolling through bland, not unpleasant things waiting for another bland thing to be posted. I was on so much I was seeing things be posted in real time. Or... nothing be posted. And when nothing was posted I would become frantically bored and upset. Relaxation days in the house were being taken over by it. I needed to give myself distance and it's working, a little. I hope it helps you!
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