Like Art director Ivan Cash, we read Pico Iyer's excellent piece for the New York Times, "The Joy of Quiet", outlining the importance of unplugging for both sanity and creativity. One of the biggest culprits of digital noise is our addiction to Facebook (and to a lesser extend, Twitter). Ivan decided to act upon the inspiring piece and created an easy way for anyone to wean themselves from Facebook, if only for a few days, to slow down and resist distractions...
Facebook Sabbatical offers three options: One Month, One Week, or a Couple of Days. Download a profile image, upload it onto your Facebook page, and update with the New Year's resolution:
I'm making my 2012 New Year's Resolution a Facebook Sabbatical! So while I'm wrapped up in a good book, out hiking, or kicking it with friends in-person, don't be alarmed by my temporary unresponsiveness. For more info, visit: http://facebooksabbatical2012.com. #FacebookSabbatical
Could you avoid checking your Facebook for 2-3 days? How about a week? Is a month within the realm of reason for you? We could probably do between a week or two on vacation easy, but a month might be more difficult challenge for someone who likes checking in and updating regularly as part of their social life. Still, it's a great idea, even if the joy of quiet is for only a day or two.
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