Sunday, January 03, 2010

A Herculean Task of Self Restraint

I am abstaining from Facebook for a week and it's already killing me.

Starting Jan. 1 at 9 am I voluntarily decided to not log into Facebook (or Twitter) at all until 9 am on Jan. 8. The reason why? John Mayer told me to.

Well, not only me specifically, not not even me SPECIFICALLY, but via his Twitter page a challenge was issued and seeing as how even the THOUGHT of giving up Facebook for a week sort of made me feel sick inside, I knew I had to do it.

It's been two days so far...already I'm getting the Facebook Shakes.
And already my commitment to this project has been challenged as a result of a mobile post that got lost in the ether on New Years Eve and ended up posting onto my Wall yesterday afternoon. I assure you, if you actually care, that I logged out on Friday morning and have NOT gone back.

On top of the personal satisfaction (and gobs of free time) I will enjoy during this week of Facebook abstinence, I have also entered into a bet with my dear friend. If I lose, I have to make her TWO dinners of her choosing. If I win she will buy me a celebratory bottle of wine, and a nice one at that.

But it's ultimately not about the bet, or the fancy wine, it's about proving to myself that I have willpower and that I can make a decision and stick to it. Considering that it's something so silly as a social networking site, you'd think it would be easy...but it's sort of not...

Don't believe it? Finish my week of non-Facebooking with me and see how hard it is for you. If you start now there's only four days, 21 hours and 46 minutes left.


JD said...

If Facebook abstinence means you'll update this blog more often, I'm all for it.

Jessica said...

Ha ha! I have been ridiculously neglectful!

Kenna said...

I don't think I can do it! go girl!!!

Jessica said...

Day Four: I am still Facebook free, though my husband continues to Facebook right IN FRONT OF ME! It's like quitting cigarettes and then following smokers around just to smell their cigarette smoke. Horrible.

pstvnrgy said...

I can't do it. At least not right now. When I start my new job, I think I can! :)

Maribeth said...

How is it going. I read your post this morning and thought, God Bless her. I have an app on my iphone for FB so it would be REALLY difficult. I just click it and it is there. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you. And I agree with JD... I miss your blog posts!

Jessica said...

I can't say I haven't been tempted to check in...if I never posted, who would know?
But I've remained strong and have NOT checked in at all.

It reminds me of a quote from an old episode of "The Cosby Show"

"The will is strong, but the flesh is weak!"

Of course that was in reference to Cliff's penchant for hoagies and orange sodas...Six of one, a half dozen of another.

As long as I can stay away from the pulpeta, I'll be just fine!