Flash Facebook Status: 14 hours ago, Near Dublin.
The following is a summary of my brief, but harrowing, twenty four hours of Facebook deactivation.
Realise that my Facebook usage has recently started to escalate to alarming levels.
Decide to be proactive. Yeah! New day! Productivity bitch! Etc.
Now, how do I disable this thing…
Find sneaky, hidden buttons in account settings.
Facebook informs me just how much all my “424 friends will miss me.”
Ha Facebook, you emotionally manipulative bastard, you.
Think of witty remark.
Update photo onto timeline.
Right, now, how do I disable this thing?
Realise that if I disable my account now I won’t see who likes my aforementioned witty repertoire.
Stream latest episode of Home and Away and hover over Facebook notifications in the meantime.
Realise this is possibly not the beginning of the new found productivity that I had imagined.
Dammit, I don’t need your validation: deactivate!
Refresh captchas until I can find one that I can actually read.
Ha, this is ridiculous, I should totally comment about this under my photo.
Wait, no, get a grip. Deactivate.
Spend the next couple of hours realising that every minute in front of a computer screen triggers a particular muscle memory; CMD+T facebo…
I guess I haven’t updated my Tumblr in a while, that’s not really procrastination, I mean it’s teaching me about contemporary art…
Remember that Tumblr is a dark, dark abyss of teenage ‘thinspo’ bullshit.
Creep on it anyway.
Feel wholly inadequate.
Exit Tumblr. Google microwave cake recipe.
Cry into empty bowl of mulch.
Oh! New episode of Boardwalk!
Ok, right yeah, down to business, CVs…
Field worried texts; “grand yeah, just trying to avoid procrastination.”
Kittens. Harharhar, I know who would love this… Share… Wait, no.
Actually I really should buy that John Talabot ticket before it’s sold out.
Checkout. Done. Now to tell people how cool I am having purchased said ticket. Yeah I’m so, like, with it, I should round up a crew.
Um… But how…
Right, ok I’m serious now, job websites, lets be having ya.
Wow, that job is PERFECT.
For someone I know.
But I’m not using Facebook so how do I…
I know, TWITTER.
Bit ly. Share.
Man, I’m such a nice person.
Oh this place looks interesting, I wonder what working there would be like. Right, yeah, links to a Facebook page.
Repeat last three steps. Over and over.
Shit, these Tweets are so old and I never replied.
Feel Twitter guilt setting in. I really should Tweet more, for my career like.
Oh look, all these people reblogged my Tumblr posts. These people must really appreciate my aesthetic. That’s nice.
But I don’t know these people,
I wonder what my friends are up to. Or my ex. Or that random girl I met at a party once…
Realise that my problem is probably access to the internet in general.
Overshare and spam up newsfeed with ridiculously long status update.
Eims O’Reilly is a sometime writer who works in and around the arts in Dublin.