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How would you feel about not doing any social networking (Fluther, Facebook, Twitter)

Asked by Jude (32112points) August 11th, 2010

I know of some people who have decided to cut out social networking via the net (they do send emails, though). I’m thinking that this is the way to go. I find myself on here way too much and am avoiding things that need to be done. Also, spending more time doing REAL LIFE stuff would be best.

If you have taken a break from social networking, how long did it last? How was it?

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lilikoi's avatar

I don’t do Facebook or Twitter. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.

marinelife's avatar

I would not mind going without Facebook or Twitter, but I don’t put Fluther in the same class as those two at all.

iWitch's avatar

I have a Facebook and I used to use it for the games and now just for catching up with people.

I’ve never used Twitter very much; I’ve experimented but it’s never been my thing.

I agree, though, social networking does take a lot of time away from real life experiences that might be more beneficial to a happy life. I could kick Facebook (even though I’d miss getting in touch with old friends) any day of the week.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I don’t Facebook, and I only Twitter with 2 people that I know in real life, so it’s not too bad. I ignore most of their posts (especially when they’re drunk or doing a bunch of quizzes/chats), and don’t really post that much myself. So after email, texting/Twitter, and IM, it doesn’t take up much of my life – and I’ve never felt that I was loosing time to it. If I want to do something else, I will, but if I’m Tweeting, I’m probably already just watching tv on the internet of reading a book while listening to music.

AmWiser's avatar

My Facebook usage had been on the back burner for a long time, even before I found Fluther. My attention span keeps me from staying on one thing too long. So if I come across something else that think I like better then Fluther, _I would be outta here__. Or not here as much.

MoxieGal's avatar

My line of work keeps me glued to Twitter and Facebook.. and my computer screen. And then I go home and spend even more time. sigh I need a life.

downtide's avatar

I do very little anyway. I wouldn’t miss it much.

cookieman's avatar

I took a break for three months from Fluther (January through March) during the insanity the preceded the addition of tabbed-questions. There was too much drama for my taste at the time.

I took a break from Facebook in mid-June and haven’t been there since. I may not go back as I’m pretty bored with it.

I don’t use anything else.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I do have facebook and I use it 24/7
Twitter I don’t have!
Fluther – I have to have Fluther, but If I had to choose between Fluther and Youtube I would chose Youtube!

El_Cadejo's avatar

I hardly consider Fluther social networking.

That said, I dont have a facebook, myspace, twitter, or any of that other retarded shit.

tinyfaery's avatar

Well, damn. I just started.

gailcalled's avatar

I cancelled my F/B account last month. I could see no purpose for it in my life.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@gailcalled I deleted mine during the last privacy change, though I did keep my fake one for any upcoming promos (I like the coupons…).

Jude's avatar

I’m thinking about deleting my Twitter and Fluther. I may hold onto Facebook as around %80 of the people on it, I deal with them in real life.

cookieman's avatar

@jjmah: Aw, don’t leave Fluther. You’re one of my favorite jellies here. Plus, Fluther is unique. Everybody and their cousin is on FB.

CMaz's avatar

Done without it most of my life. Really have no need for it. Except Fluther. :-)

And Facebook is lame.

J0E's avatar

I was getting kind of addicted, so I took over a month off from all my social sites. After that I slowly started adding them back one by one, starting with Facebook. I still haven’t fully added them all back. I use Fluther chat sparingly, and AIM even less.

The point is, once I took a break from it all, using the sites less was a lot easier. I no longer feel the need to “check in” or update everyone on how I feel at every second of the day or what boring task I’m doing.

So…maybe a break is what you need. Also, I did this without deleting or deactivating any accounts. Gives the ‘ol self-control a good workout. :)

Frenchfry's avatar

I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. My friends call me to catch up or email me a picture. I do this while I am cleaning and making dinner. I enjoy it. I don’t watch to much TV. Maybe a movie here and there. and cooking shows. It does not take up too much of my time. I like to laugh at some of the responses to the questions and learn something here and there. .. Soooo. Yep

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Around the end of June to the middle of July, I was in Asia for 3 weeks. I didn’t have access to the internet most of the time, since we were always going out sight seeing or some other activity (went online maybe like 3 times throughout the whole vacation). At first, I was distraught, but as the vacation progressed, I felt liberated. I didn’t care nor had the urge to update my fb status or to talk to some neckbeard in San Diego( and why should I when I had this to look at instead of a monitor?). Then when I came back, I relapsed into the internet addiction
I think I’ll go outside for a nice walk in the city tomorrow.

Jude's avatar

Hey Joe (hee!), I’m liking that idea. Don’t delete my account here, but, just take a long break. It would be good for me. :)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

You keep saying this over and over. I really think that for some people doing so would be a good idea or so they think but, for me, it’s not necessary to cut social networking. My life doesn’t revolve around FB or Fluther but is enhanced by them and my conversations with people and sharing of opinions is my real life and there is nothing wrong with that.

DominicX's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir

GA and you said exactly what I was going to say. “My conversations with people and sharing of opinions is real life.” Exactly.

Truth to be told, I probably spend no more than a couple minutes on Facebook a day. Fluther is where I spend most of my time online. Either that or iChat.

BoBo1946's avatar

I don’t Twit…but, on FB… Since i’m a social animal, wouldn’t work for me!

NaturallyMe's avatar

I am at Minekey.com as well as here. FB is just more a way to keep in contact and is not as entertaining as sites such as the 2 i mentioned where you get to discuss topics. Anyway, i’d miss it if i had to quit it altogether. But i feel no need to do that, all you have to do is discipline yourself, allocate a little time to it without wasting your whole day on there, and that’ll be fine. There’s no need to cut out any (healthy) things you like doing, just limit them appropriately.

Jude's avatar

It’s me, folks. I need to cut back on internet time. I am the one with the problem (addicted, yes). I need to get off for awhile.

I’m sorry if I made it seem that those who spend a lot of time social networking do not have a life. They are able to balance it all. I, on the other hand, have a bit of a problem with that.

janbb's avatar

FB takes about 10 minutes of my day and I doubt that will increase; I just don’t see much meaningful content there. Fluther is more of an addiction and I have questioned how much of a role it should have in my life. I have been somewhat less engaged here of late, but at this point, it and many Jelly friends still have meaning for me and I don’t want to leave. I would have a lot of trouble quitting completely. I don’t tweet and I don’t announce to the world every time I have farted.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t use Twitter. I use FB to keep in touch with family and friends as we move around due to my husband’s career. It’s a really easy way to share pictures of what’s going on in our lives and keep in touch with people. Yes, e-mails are easy too, but uploading pictures and making them all download the pictures can be a pain when you have a lot of them.

Aster's avatar

FB and Classmates are ok; no Twittering. Fluther is sort of an addiction.

anartist's avatar

i like fb to keep up w/people i know and get exposed to new things but check it relatively rarely [i dig through old posts to see what i missed]. Twitter was a waste for me since i don’t text, flickr, which i loved, has languished after i accidentally wiped out a set of pictures that were very important to me, and fluther seems to be losing its draw right now [probably with the loss of some people i enjoyed]. I probably could live without social networking unless my real life felt too empty then i would crawl back to the comfort of web civilization.

CherrySempai's avatar

I only really use facebook a few times a day just to check in with friends I don’t see everyday. It’s a good way to keep in touch with people, but I don’t spend hours on it. Some of my friends gave up Facebook for Lent this year, and it affected each of them differently. Some took it really hard and noticed how reliant they were becoming on FB taking place of other activities.

I do most of my web-time (that’s not even a word, sorry) at night after everyone else is asleep, but I can’t fall asleep. I naturally don’t sleep that much, so it seems to be a good filler. I get bored of the web just as fast as I use it to end my boredom, though, so it doesn’t last too long. :]

zenele's avatar

Hate facebook and twitter. Fluther kept to a minimum lately. No more chat, for example.

I’m good, thanks.

Jabe73's avatar

I didn’t realise Fluther was a social networking site. I have always though of websites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter as being in that department. I never had an account with any of the sites I mentioned. Some people have told me to get a facebook account so they could talk to me. I never had any interest in doing this however. I spend enough time on this site as it is. lol

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