Life without Facebook

September 4, 2019 at 12:39 pm (By Amba)

  1. Life is incredibly spacious and eerily silent without Facebook. I am intimidated by the expanse of pristine, fallow time. At least now I have—I won’t say noless escape from it. It confronts me almost impudently, a challenge and an invitation. It’s actually more inviting than intimidating. I’m still getting things done spasmodically. Do I dare to waste less time?? It’s like venturing into the ocean.
  2. (from a letter to a friend planning lunch) This is one way in which getting off FB has ALREADY enhanced my life — I’m making plans to ACTUALLY SEE MY FRIENDS! It’s amazing! FB becomes a kind of low-effort substitute that over time creates a deficiency, a drained, anemic feeling. What is this? It’s loneliness! How can I be lonely when I “see” so many friends every day? It’s like looking at pictures of food when you’re hungry, at least for me. Plus, since I don’t have a job job, I have to structure my own time and motivate myself, and FB is absolute death to that.



  1. Paul K. said,

    I am attempting an “aggressive taper” of my FB usage. Trying to use it as a legitimate communication tool as I would text, email, etc. rather than for entertainment. My efforts to date have been mixed day to day. I admire your willingness to abandon it.

  2. amba12 said,

    I wasn’t so much willing as compelled.

  3. wjca said,

    I’ve managed to survive for years without Facebook. I admit that it may be easier to survive when one never started than to stop. I’d say it’s like other addictions in that way.

    Full disclosure: I do have a Facebook account. In order to be able to read stuff of interest which might be there. (For example, on of my favorite musicians only puts his up-coming gigs there.)

  4. amba12 said,

    It’s good to hear from you!!

  5. wjca said,

    I’m just glad you’re back writing an occasional piece here.

  6. amba12 said,

    One of the boons of getting off Facebook.

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