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Could You Quit Facebook For 99 Days?
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YaarovS134
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YaarovS134,
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7/11/2014 | 5:28:32 PM
The face of freedom in one week without FB or any social networking
Day 1 :| 

Day 2 :{ 

Day 3 :( 

Day 4 :[ 

Day 5 :S 

Day 5 :F 

Day 6 :B 

Day 7 :FB 
lbritton7
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lbritton7,
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7/11/2014 | 4:57:17 PM
Oh the self indulgence!
I struggle to understand why anyone cares about what I or anyone does on a daily basis? Here is an idea, take a walk, talk to your kids, run a non-profit for the neediest children in your community. Sure there are some good things you can do with facebook when it comes to charity events, class reunions, etc but posting about your daily life, really, why? I had a neighbor post that I was up on my roof cleaning the gutters and don't we have enough money for hired help, the street exploded with gosip on Facebook. When someone asked what I thought about her comments, I told her,  "I am not on Facebook and never have been besides, who is using their time more productively, she or I"? After that I went for a 6 mile run.
JeffC649
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JeffC649,
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7/11/2014 | 4:42:04 PM
99 Days?
Eh... I quit Facebook for good almost four years ago and have not had the slightest desire to go back. Good riddance to that time-wasting privacy violation.

Could I quit it for 99 days? I don't think I could stomach using it for 99 days...
Thomas Claburn
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7/11/2014 | 3:58:36 PM
Re: Tough Call
>It's not FB, per se; it's the people with whom I stay in touch primarily through FB, many of whom are not on Google+ or Twitter that I'd miss. 

That's exactly it. Because everyone uses Facebook, you have to use Facebook. If my friends and relatives were all tech-savvy coders, I doubt any would be on Facebook. But many take no interest in technology and just want an easy way to communciate. Facebook is the Internet for people who don't care about the Internet.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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7/11/2014 | 2:51:20 PM
Re: Wouldn't and prpbably couldn't
I agree, Gary. I also work remotely, which can be isolating at times. You need that water-cooler fix.
Kristin Burnham
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7/11/2014 | 2:47:23 PM
Re: Happiness Boost?
Probably a lot more productive things you could be doing, too :-)

I'm guessing that the "happiness boost" is likely related to the drop in "my-life-is-so-great" posts that are prevalent on Facebook. If you stop seeing how (sometimes artificially) happy people are, you stop comparing yourself to them.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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7/11/2014 | 2:45:46 PM
Wouldn't and prpbably couldn't
I work at home, and Facebook is my equivalent of the "water cooler." I'd be very unhappily isolated without it.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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7/11/2014 | 2:26:12 PM
Good idea
Pre-Instagram I would have had trouble dropping Facebook for 99 days. But so much of my social media interaction has moved over to Instagram that I could handle a FB hiatus. And yes I would probably be happier. I may try this.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/11/2014 | 2:21:13 PM
Happiness Boost?
As to whether quitting Facebook makes people happier, I'd argue that if you're doing anything so much that you're isolated and then quit, it's probably going to make you feel better. Does this group want people to just quit FB or do they suggest folk stop using all social media (an impossibility for many of us who have to use it for work)? Unless you're cyberstalking, there are a lot more harmful things you can do with your time than 'like' FB statuses or post cat photos. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/11/2014 | 2:17:36 PM
Tough Call
I've cut down on Facebook a lot versus a few years ago, but don't want to stop visiting the site -- although I'm sure I could. (Twitter would be tougher to give up for three months!) It's not FB, per se; it's the people with whom I stay in touch primarily through FB, many of whom are not on Google+ or Twitter that I'd miss. If there was another platform that most of these people used, I'd have zero problems switching over since I don't have any product loyalty in this case. 
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