Friday, October 8, 2010

Going Without Facebook for 2 days

Going without Facebook
Myra Snyder
This week, for about two days I went without getting on my facebook.  The experience was interesting, not having the effect on me that I expected.  Before I did this lab, I knew that I would want to update my status or send a message every once in a while, but I figured that after a few hours I would forget about my profile altogether. This lab was skewed a little bit though, because during this whole process, my phone was broken.  It hadn’t been working for about a week and a half before I did this lab, so I was already feeling some withdraw from society, and beginning to spend more time in a practice room.
When I went off of facebook, I was surprised how often I wanted to check it.  Every single time I went into my room, I noticed I wanted to get on facebook immediately.  It didn’t let up either, or lessen over time.  This lab made me go out into the world more, but I felt more isolated than ever.  When I tried to find a friend to eat dinner with or just hang out, I realized how few people I actually knew really well.  The good thing about this was that it made me sit with people that I wouldn’t normally, talk to people I’ve seen around but never introduced myself to, and get more done in a day because I wasn’t always trying to tell people what I was doing.
I was extremely relieved when I could get on facebook again, and I can’t wait to get my phone fixed, but I’m glad that I did this lab, especially at the same time as I didn’t have a phone.  I believe I gained some social capitol, and know how to put down my phone or get off the internet if I ever need to.


  1. I understand what you mean by wanting to go on all the time!
    I would have thought that it would have more of an impact than you say in the first section! Who knew?


  2. You misspelled capital. I did not expect to hear that abstaining from Facebook for two days would give you the initiative and time to meet more people. Alex Sadosky

  3. That is very interesting and a great idea! I think it is important to be able to meet people and build social capitol in person but also to be able to take that friendship to another level on facebook or through technology but know when to stop when it is hindering the growth of your social capitol.


  4. Wow! I Love the bright pink! You did a great job summarizing what social capital is about throughout your labs. Great work!

    Sophie Chevallier

  5. Good job! i also did this lab and came up with some of the same results

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  7. Good job! I don't think I would have survived! This was very thoughtful and I should try it sometime!

    -sarah a

  8. i commend you for taking on this lab Myra! some times i personally do it on accident when i am abit busy...:p it was interesting to hear how an extra factor (phone broken) added to the lab!
    no phone or facebook! That takes skill!

  9. This is very well put, great job.
    Be without a phone for 2 weeks must be rough.

  10. You are so insightful and honest about your reactions to technology and friendship!
    Thanks for your excellent work!