Do you need a break from Facebook?

facebookI have Facebook open in a browser tab all the time.  I check it periodically throughout the day and sometimes in the evening as well.  But I don’t think I spend a whole lot of time on it (though I guess I’ve never really monitored it).  I can understand, though, why some people may feel like they need a break from Facebook.

Earlier today I read the article Five reasons why I took a Facebreak.  Good article.  The author’s 5 reasons for taking a break from Facebook include:

  1. It steals your time
  2. Guilt over who you accept friend requests from and who you don’t
  3. Sometimes fond memories of old friends you don’t keep in touch with are better than getting reacquainted with them.
  4. At any moment your FB friends could humiliate you in front of all your other FB friends.
  5. Once you get established on FB you can never really leave.

At this point, I still view FB as an overwhelmingly positive part of my life.  It doesn’t dominate my time or make me feel guilty.  How about you?  Do any of these points resonate with you?  Do you need a break from Facebook?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

3 Responses to “Do you need a break from Facebook?”

  1. Two through five in the don't bother me, but the first one sure does! Well, not maybe Facebook itself, but those two games I play on Facebook that shall remain nameless! I can get into either one of them and before I know it an hour has gone by. Add that to the time on my personal FB profile and then my business page…

  2. I'm one of Those People who has Tweetdeck open all the time to monitor content and conversation for several industries and to provide comic relief — it's my virtual water cooler. Relative to FB, I've experience none of the five things on that list, possibly because I keep my "friends" limited to…close friends.


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