Several unexpected things happened:
- I don't feel "event envy" so-to-speak. I don't see all the things everyone else is doing that I'm not and feel jealous or like a slacker for not being there.
- I don't feel social overload. I'm not getting five invites per day to things I may or may not truly want to attend, but I can promise you I felt guilt for every single one of those things I couldn't attend.
- The people who truly want my company or correspondence have started e-mailing me, calling me, or texting me. You mean there is life outside of Facebook?
- I am more excited to see my friends. I have more to say, more to hear, and I've been keeping everything to myself instead of posting witty status updates every two hours.
I feel a little disconnected without it, but freeeeee from all the guilt of not being able to attend every single activity, free from knowing all my friends have problems I can't help them with, free from knowing the latest gossip that really doesn't matter. Liberating is the word.
BUT, I know I can't stay away forever because too many important tidbits and family communications are spread via Facebook - like sharing magical New York City vacation pictures!
Nice detox though, highly recommended.