So I’ll confess…I’m addicted to the little red flag that signals a response to something on my Facebook page. The Internet browser I use is Apple Safari. Normally I have a tab open with my Gmail account, another tab with Facebook, and then any additional tabs I might use for surfing the Internet, checking out the news of the day or to do research for the tasks of the day. In addition, I have my mail app and my Facebook app adjacent to each other on the home screen of my iPhone with “push notifications” turned on. What this means to the non-techno-geeks out there is that I’m aware practically immediately whenever someone posts a message to my wall or sends me an email message.
One of my motivations for this Facebook fast was my increasing awareness of my addiction. While the designation of addiction might seem to be a little melodramatic, I have to admit that it fits. The simple definition of being addicted to something is to be physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance leading to adverse effects when that substance is taken away.
On Ash Wednesday night, not 30 minutes after my “final” sign-off…I recognized I had a problem. My Bible Study group at church has a fairly active Facebook group (our page is not as active as the Facebook Group but here’s a link). I intended to post scripture passages and prayers daily leading up to our class time last Sunday (March 14, 2011). I knew there was a way to post to the group via email that would keep me from having to login to my account. But I didn’t know the proper email address and I didn’t know the procedure. So I innocently logged in…and there was the little red flag…with a 7 on it! I couldn’t resist…I had to see who had commented on my wall. The next morning…I “needed” to make sure my Bible Study post was up…same thing…red flag…my mouse could have simply clicked the Bible Study Group link…
Well…the first step is admitting you have a problem.