Facebook Blackout

On 15th October at 3 am in the morning, I deactivated my Facebook account for the first time since I started using it. I was curious to find out what would life be for me without Facebook since most people knew I’m very dependent on social media. Since leaving Singapore many years ago, I had relied on social media, particularly Facebook to stay in touch with friends and news back home. I shared my ups and downs, not knowing if any of my friends will bother reading it. But I read about their marriage, their newborn, their new BTO, their kids’ school results, and many good things. I also learn about their emotional breakdown, their political rants, their loss of loved one and many unfortunate things.

Since deactivating my Facebook account, my photography page and Messenger had also been shut down. If you are not on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, it will be a total social media blackout from me. Not that it matters to most because only two friends messaged me about my missing Facebook account.

However, what I learnt during the one week of my Facebook blackout is a valuable lesson. I spent more time on my photography, the battery life of my phone lasted longer, I read from news websites, and I finished my meal without touching the phone. I’m not too sure if I will be able to survive a one-year blackout, but I had seriously considered this option, retiring from all social media platforms for a year in 2017 to concentrate on my photography. After this one week trial, I will give it a good thought and make the decision before the end of the year. 

If you read until this part, thank you for listening, really appreciate it. Since my Facebook is back, I will just enjoy it while it lasts. If one day you can’t find me on Facebook, just remember that I didn’t block you off, I’m just taking another break, probably a long one.

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