In the spring of 2017 I happened to come across this Ted video:
After watching it I checked my iPhone to see how much time I actually spent on Facebook - the FB app was by far the major battery drain... I spent several hours / day checking my FB page, mostly to discover that nothing at all had happened, despite having close to 1000 friends.
Coupled with the message in Adam Alter's research (see the video!), I decided to quite FB and Twitter. I deleted my accounts within a week. Well...FB takes about 2 weeks to delete, as they want you to be really sure you want to leave.
What has changed since? Absolutely nothing. I still get party invitations, hang out with friends, go to 'secret' events etc. I just get the info in the old-fashioned ways: from newspapers(!), flyers in cafes, friends who call me and ask me if I want to come along for this and that.
FOMO is soooo overrated. You're not missing out on anything because most of the time absolutely nothing happens anyway. And if something worth your time actually happens, then you'll find out in most cases anyway, w/o FB or Twitter.
>>99% of the time I spent on FB was absolutely wasted and of no use to me whatsoever. I get more work done and I have more time to hang out, read, do exercise etc., than I had before.
I still have my LinkedIn account, but I am contemplating letting that go too. Oh, and a Flickr account (if that still counts as social network?), but that'll stay!!
The entire premise that you need a social network account to have a social life, or to stay up-to-date with current events, is entirely false.
PBP 2015 is a year out. A month ago I was looking at a map and thought that it didn't look that far from Denmark (Esbjerg, to be precise) to Paris. Turns out it is just shy of 1200 km... So naturally, the thought appeared that I could ride to Paris from Denmark, ride PBP and then ride home to Denmark again. Should make for a nice summer holiday! So here is my tentative plan for (some of) August 2015: 7-8: Esbjerg-Wischhafen - 251 km 8-8: Wischhafen-Lingen - 237 km 9-8: Lingen-Helmond - 183 km 10-8: Helmond-Aalst - 167 km 11-8: Aalst-Compiegne - 238 km 12-8: Compiegne-St Quentin en Yvelines - 107 km 13-8: Rest 14-8: Rest 15-8: Rest 16-8 (late pm): PBP - 1200 km 17-8: PBP 18-8: PBP 19-8: PBP 20-8: Rest 21-8: Rest 22-8: St Quentin en Yvelines-Aubigny-au-Bac - 214 km 23-8: Aubigny-au-Bac-Herentals - 210 km 24-8: Herentals-Doetinchem - 177 km 25-8: Doetinchem-Oldenburg - 205 km 26-8: Oldenburg-Heide - 205 km 27-8: Heide-Esbjerg - 180 km
It is about 3650 km in 20 days. Seems totally doable with some planning and winter practice... More to come!