Monday, May 10, 2010

Wasting time - eek... facebook...

Oh I have said a magic word in relation to wasting time - Facebook. My, how we have all fallen in love with Facebook. It's been wonderful for me, I've reconnected with so many old friends I haven't seen for years, and it's also been great to keep in touch with major events in everyone's lives, and let them know the major events in mine - like the recent May 1st release of my new book The Narrow Path. Okay, that was a shameless promo, but I couldn't not do that.
My friend Ann Shorey is the one who got me started, talking about Facebook.
Ann Shorey: My biggest time waster is Facebook. I check it in the morning and post a few comments, then all day long when the email comes in I stop what I'm doing to read the follow-ups. Aargh. However, when I'm in the middle of a project with a time crunch, I'll just turn off the email. My time wasting is seldom constructive, unless I occasionally learn something useful by accident!

Who agrees with Ann? Who is addicted to Facebook? But now that it's here, can we live without it?
Which brings me to my thought/question of the day. How much time per day/week/month do you spend on Facebook, and how much of that do you consider wasted versus touching base with people, versus touching base with people you really care about?
You're invited to visit Ann Shorey's website at


  1. Nice to see you have another book out! I checked your site a while back and saw nothing out for a while and wondered... (And as you can see, I'm wasting time now on blogs, having caught up with you via someone's post on twitter. Just another episode in how the virtual world turns)

  2. I check it a few times a week, unless I'm expecting photos from the kids. But for some reason, I just don't care when my friends are:
    ...going to the gym now
    ...heading out to the store
    ...sharing a night in with hubby
    I have my own boring life to deal with.

  3. I check it daily and sometimes will just leave it up in the background. I have lists for the various groups of people I am involved with so I can check my family, for example, without reading hundreds of status posts. If I have the time, I do enjoy reading them all, but more often I miss things then feel bad that I didn't know to pray for someone or express my sympathy. I look on FB as a ministry in some aspects. People need to feel validated. That what they think is important and people care, esp if they don't get that from those close to them physically. That's my reasoning *or excuse*. :-)