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Facebook has become a dominant force in all of our lives. We have grown up with it, many of our adolescent years were spent rampantly untagging ourselves from hideous photos and it is now a part of our way of life. Asking for a girl’s number is a thing of the past, now one simply stalks and adds and prays not to be rejected at the very first hurdle.
The average amount of time spent by users (as reported by Facebook itself) across Facebook, Instagram and its messaging platform. That is equivalent to one sixteenth (if you exclude time spent sleeping) of our time on Earth.
Do you honestly believe that Facebook offers you enough value (enjoyment, socialisation, or otherwise) to merit your spending 1 out of every 16 hours you have alive and awake on their platforms!?
That is the ultimate question really.
And I believe that it is a question that can only be answered by removing Facebook from our lives for a short period, seeing how we find it, and then making a decision on whether we continue to spend 50 minutes every day scrolling through vines, memes and the occasional, heavily edited, ‘candid’ (yeh right!) shot with way more likes that we ever get, or whether we continue to use it, but considerably limit the amount of time we spend on the platform.
So, I invite you to watch this video and join me in deleting Facebook from your phone for 14 days. After that time, you can decide that the FOMO was just too much (and that is absolutely cool!) and so you’d like to reinstall it, or you can decide to keep it off your phone forever (and that’s cool too)!
And just to be clear, I’m not talking about permanently deleting your Facebook account, just removing the app from your phone!
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Liam Porritt studies French and Spanish at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. In his most recent exams, he obtained a First and ranked third in his year. In his GCSEs, he achieved 12 A*s and in his A-levels 4 A*s. However, he is not a genius. He is just like you.
He is a firm believer in the power of building positive habits. While he accepts that some people may have a limited natural advantage over others when it comes to learning, he has no doubts that anyone can become ‘clever’ and succeed in their exams.