Starting later today, April 30th, I’ll be suspending my Facebook account.
My plan is to do without the social media app for the duration of the month of May. My reasons are many.
For one, I’m tired of the petty back-biting and political sniping that passes as ‘discussion’ on the platform. Try as I may – and I DO try – about once a week I’ll be sucked into some discussion based on a seemingly logical statement I’ll make in the course of the thread. The “debate”, and I use that term loosely, that follows is usually painful and pointless. And the fact that it transpires in “slow motion” only exacerbates it. Checking back to see if there is a response – over and over – during the course of a day – is simply too time consuming.
A time suck, that’s what bothers me most. It is a carnivore of attention. Time I COULD be spending doing something productive.
And it’s not just the acrimonious debates, it’s the need for affirmation. Sure, I’m a performer, and a writer, and a middle child. I’ll freely admit I LOVE attention and affirmation that comes from an audience. Hell, most of the time it’s all one gets from one’s efforts, the pay being so meager in the performing world. But again, the time it takes could be better used to CREATE. In particular, stories and screenplays.
This month the script I currently have under option, “WORKING TITLE” will pass through one more checkpoint towards production. Either it will receive the funding the producers are asking for, or it won’t. If it does, it will likely go into production this summer, and I’ll likely be doing more rewrites. If it doesn’t, I MIGHT need to tweak it a bit more – to get it. The option expires at the end of this month. Either they’ll RENEW the option – likely because they think they can get funding elsewhere , or they’ll allow it to lapse. In which case I’ll need to rededicate myself to marketing the script, which will take more of my attention.
They say it takes 21 days, to form a habit. It’s my hope that in the course of the month while I suspend the account, that I will develop different habits in my daily routines. It will be one less thing , one less reason, to look at my phone. One less thing to occupy my attention. One less virtual online persona that will require maintenance and attention.
If, after a month of abstinence, I feel there is a net “gain” in the quality of my life and creative output, I’ll likely actually DELETE the account. If I find that there is no marked difference, and in fact, if I find that I require access to the network of friends and acquaintances then I’ll re-activate it, and deal with it as best I can.
Meanwhile, I’ll post my professional updates, and my thoughts on “Breaking the leash” here on this blog, which virtually no one will read. My good friends and associates know how to reach me directly. And of course, there’s an email addy here under the ‘contact me’ page.
Wish me luck.