I have fasted from Facebook for about a month. It didn't start out as a spiritual fast--or I wouldn't have broadcast that I was fasting. I was fasting to break a bad habit. I knew things were out of balance and I needed to make some changes. What I didn't realize was just how spiritual my problem really was.
My life was totally out of balance. I was depending on Facebook to feed me--information and affirmation. I was spending more time with friends in the cyber world than I was in the real world. So as I gave up Facebook, I had more time...and energy. Seriously. I complained of being tired all the time. I would be so tired that I'd come home, cook/eat supper, get in my pajamas and sit on my bed and interact with 969 "friends" on Facebook. And I'd go to bed exhausted.
In the month without Facebook, I haven't had much time in the evenings to myself. I've helped a friend paint her house every day for over a week, cooked dinner for friends, gone to the movie with friends, had family visiting, spent time praying with friends, visited family, planned a bridal shower, and other things that I can't even remember right now. The main thing is that my relationship with God has grown. I've spent more time with Him and He's had the opportunity to point out things which were out of balance in my life.
I guess you could say that I've been involved with friends and family face-to-face. And it's been much more rewarding. I could know about and pray about the needs I saw on Facebook, but I found myself overwhelmed. I'm not sure I was created to carry that many burdens. If you think about Jesus closely investing himself in others--it was with 12 other people face-to-face.
I've had more energy and have rested better at night. I had no idea that my surfing the net was actually exhausting me. But it was. I've also been much more focused. I had no idea how distracted I really was.
Am I giving up Facebook? I don't know. I do know I can't go back to the way I was misusing it. It was feeding the wrong part of me. And as much as I love being in contact with so many people who have been a part of my life over the span of 56 years, I know my world is really meant to be a much smaller and quieter place. And the most important relationships in my world can't be neglected.