Facebook: 5-Minute Limit Experiment

I’m against deleting Facebook or any other social media outlet I’m on. I want to reach as many people as possible. There are people who I haven’t talked to for months at a time that I end up catching up with by sending them a quick message on Facebook.

I also talk to many people online and Facebook is one of the best ways to send them a quick message, rather than an e-mail.

I want to keep the line open on as many fronts as possible.

I would be contradicting myself and the whole idea of this blog if I were to delete myself from websites.

Instead, it’s a test of self-discipline.

The Five-Minute Facebook Experiment:

For one month, I could only stay on Facebook for five minutes per day. I only had five minutes to update myself what was going on with my friends and reply to people who left me messages there.

I also put many limits. I closed my wall off to anyone else. I also post things that I feel will be useful to other people on my friend’s list.

I also hid the feeds of people who were giving out noise only, so I could have a better chance of finding quality content shared by other people.

Result: I didn’t feel a difference when I decided to limit myself to five minutes. I never really got any withdrawal or desire to sign onto Facebook. It helped me optimize my time by replying to any messages that I received from the previous day and to send messages to anyone else I needed to communicate with.

Then I signed off.

Analysis: It proved to me how efficient I could spend my time by limiting myself on Facebook. However, I feel that it has many strong points that make it such a valuable tool for blogging and connecting with people. So it’s about limiting yourself rather than eliminating it altogether.

-Connect with those who initiate conversation with you.
-Send messages to the people you do want to connect with.
-Skim through the news feed for a couple of minutes if anything good is there.
-Then get off it!


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Benjamin Spall
Benjamin Spall

Great post man, shorter posts (and in this case, actionable ideas) is definitely the way to go. I find myself spending less and less time on Facebook, and I reckon conducting a similar experiment to this could help me reduce me time even further. I wholeheartedly agree with hiding people who are creating a lot of noise. Facebook makes this incredibly easy, I have over half of my friends hidden! Some are old school friends (who constantly send out App bullshit), and others are people I work with. I've actually told the people I work with (that I see week in, week out) that I've hidden them on FB because of their bullshit posts. Far from offended, often they agree it's too much and appreciate my honesty!