With over 845 million active users on Facebook alone, it's safe to say that social media has become integrated into our daily lives.
The social media explosion over the past few years has changed the way people and communities interact. Communication among individuals has become more dynamic, and information is delivered at a faster pace. Social media has allowed family and friends to stay up to date with what is happening in each others lives. Even businesses can now reach out directly to fans.
With all the advances social media has enabled, some people are still skeptics. They don't feel a need to be connected online, or they believe social media is too much work or too immersive. Some even ask the question: What would life be like without Facebook? Last year one of our writers at Mashable, Sam Laird, began a social experiment by testing what his life would be like without Facebook. This wasn’t because he disliked Facebook, but because he was curious to see the other side: would he miss it?
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To this day, Sam has kept his Facebook account deactivated (but not fully deleted). He reported surprising results, saying that he misses out on a lot of conversation, and he always finds himself trying to catch up to articles posted on Facebook. He also reported that he had more time to browse the Internet, without worrying whether an article was share-worthy on the social network.
In order to see how fully social media has been ingrained in our lives, we want to test your resolve. We propose a challenge: Who can survive without social media for two weeks? This means you can't update your status, send a tweet, +1 a post or "check in" to a restaurant. For two weeks you will only be able to engage with few online resources.
Interested? Read on to learn how to take part.
How to Enter the Challenge
- Leave a comment below this article answering the question: Why do you want to disconnect from social media for the next two weeks?
- Post your comment below by Wednesday, March 7 at 5 p.m. EST in order to be considered.
Once all the comments are submitted, Mashable's editorial staff will select the five most inspiring entries. We will contact those five individuals and connect with them for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, each individual will write a reflection on his or her experience disconnecting from social media. The best reflection could be featured as a guest post on Mashable.
*In our challenge, disconnecting from social media limits you to: emailing, SMS texting and content consumption via a news site or an embed video. This means you are not allowed to create or share any type of content. Actions like writing blog posts, uploading videos, commenting, Liking a comment, posting status updates, sharing a post, checking in, playing social games, chatting online, video chatting, or anything related to those actions are not allowed.
This story originally published on Mashable here.