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Facebook Free – Final Day :D (Adrian Ho)

Well, we’ve reached the last leg of this long, drawn out struggle. I have, despite accuring thousands of little e-wounds, bloodied, battered and barely conscious, emerged victorious — standing atop a mound of dead Facebook apps, Likes, statuses, friends and minigames.

Just kidding.

This time I’ve got absolutely nothing random to write… I’m sorry! It must be those horrible withdrawal symptoms.. I’ll break any moment!

I did read the newspaper entry through Mr. Hamlin’s site… it was very well written despite that minor factual inaccuracy — that everybody in the class used Facebook religiously, or something to that degree. Ironically, the gentleman included a small entry from my own blog post… and out of context it sounded like I genuinely cared for my Facebook, that it was a huge relief that I’d taken it down, and that I’d used it a lot and relied on it a lot.

Apart from that, Everything went better than expected, despite my lack of expectations in the first place. It would have been a very interesting experience to… experience a weeklong Facebook-free life as somebody who relied on it a tad bit more than I did. Seeing  as how it would be analogous to denying me the blissful, escapist pleasure of playing vidya games, I doubt I would have lasted very long. So many hats off to those resolute scoundrels who held the line in the face of social networking!

But who would know? Maybe a week without games might have positively impacted my studying habits, or maybe it would have made me think about how much time I was wasting staring at a computer screen for hours. Not that I’d do anything else,  to be honest.

It’s been an interesting week! And despite all of the fascinating twists and turns, it’s a bittersweet end to Facebook Free. Now all of you socialites can leave the realm of Facebook-free and rejoin the slavery that is Facebook.

Hopefully for you people it was interesting living the life of a social-networking-deprived social deviant,  playing video games (working on your gaming tan at that), snorting at your various memes and in-jokes as the world passed by without you. For a week.


Facebook Free – Day 4 :D (Adrian Ho)

Day 4 is here, and Day 5 is only a day away! [citation needed].

So, yesterday I told my father (at around 6:30 PM) that I’d be taking a nap to revitalize my sleep schedule, since I’d been sleeping at around 2-3:00 AM in the past few days.

He said alright, but told me that dinner was in about an hour so I’d better wake up by then.

I slept fitfully.

So I woke up at 11:35 PM. I hurried onto MSN, just to see what had happened in my five-year absence.


Narane says:

  • time to die



A five-hour nap. I think I’d call it beauty sleep but I was far from happy. I learned that both my dad and my sister were fast asleep… nobody had bothered to wake each other up. I missed dinner even, and we were eating some delicious congee, chicken wings and salmon sashimi from Sushi Town.

 (While we’re on the topic of Sushi Town, I’ve noticed that many order the ‘Spicy Salmon Sashimi’, which simply involves ruining the dish with a tsunami of Sriracha Chili Sauce (store-bought, probably from Superstore!), poured liberally over the salmon until it looks like a bloody mound. Why would you do that? Why would you ruin a sumptuous, umami-gravid platter of salmon fillets with chili sauce? You’re numbing your taste-buds from that fresh-fish taste and replacing it with spiciness… which really is not needed! It will be a mystery forever.)

I realized that I’d not done my super-intense Post Card fiction project for Creative Writing 12. (I’d only done about three out of the ten two hundred word pieces with a focus on description and power-verbs.) I had to pick a central theme, and being the angst-ridden pubescent teenager I was, I chose alienation — social alienation at that.

Continuing my pieces based upon ever-so chipper topics like divorce, imprisonment, insanity and racism, I steadily ran out of ideas and I found myself staring blankly at the computer screen, half-way done and with meagre droplets of idea juice trickling out of my brain and onto the keyboard. This was, unfortunately at 3:00 AM in the morning. And I was still very awake, and still on the internet, and still playing computer games.

But wait! You’re probably saying to yourself “God/Gosh, why the heck doesn’t this idiot write something at least tangentially related to Facebook Free?”


A little narrative I’d picked up was an estranged, eccentric grandmother who had lost the ability to speak due to disease and disability, and only communicated to her grandchildren through written letters, but enthusiastically at that. Her grandchildren would playfully call her Gramma Amish and other technologically backwards names (I’d even titled the silly piece Luddite). So eventually I’d found a thought-evoking theme! Alienation and separation from technology… an old woman who had been left on the wayside by a society that had evolved far, far past the olden days where face-to-face communication reigned supreme. Now we have all these devices and systems to communicate, and we’re constantly moving away from seemingly outdated means of socialization.

So, yeah, that’s that. I’ve been holding on absolutely fine, though I would be (morbidly) interested in mercilessly tracking down our Facebook-savvy peers, viewing their accounts (totally not stalker-like) and checking their ‘last updated’ statuses and walls just to see if they’ve been attempting hiding their activity or broadcasting their efforts… or not.

One day left!


Facebook Free – Day Three :D (Adrian Ho)

Apart from a slight tightness welling up within my bowels, I don’t feel too different, and the fact that I keep spelling ‘to’ instead of ‘too.’ It’s been plaguing me since seventh grade where a friend (Alan Luk, in this class as well!) and I were doing a display board project on Costa Rica (I remember going to the dollar store with my mother and purchasing copious amounts of inexpensive plastic shrubbery and fake frogs to add to the presentation’s seductive allure) and I wrote something about ‘working of those carbs’ after consuming large quantities of Costa Rican delicacies.

Since I had a rather pompous, snobby and self-inflated idea of myself being well-versed in the English language, the teacher skimmed over the work quickly (since I had a reputation, embarrassingly, for being an EXCLLTN SPELLR)… only to stop at that single mistake. The largest, most smug feces-eating grin broke across his face as he circled the error with a red pen, sealing my doom forever.

I now wish to punch my younger self in the face for being so stupid.

So enough of that historical stuff. Let’s talk about Facebook.

Ironically, I ‘de-activated’ my Facebook account (oh crap, you can’t delete it!) the day this interesting little experiment started. Luckily I still have no problems at all for the moment, and the only apparent issue would be that I’m slightly amused at how resolute (apparently?) our beloved Facebook addicts are in this effort. I highly doubt they’d admit to cheating anyway.

I’m quite glad that I deactivated my Facebook page, because most of the things I wrote on it were absolutely ridiculous, like hailing from Zimbabwe, following the religion of Raptor Jesus and telling others to not voice their opinions because it wasn’t healthy. I also was being ‘tagged’ in pictures where I looked like a glasses-wearing pre-pubescent asian youth.

Oh, wait.

Then again, I did grow a bit taller and my voice got slightly deeper. Though I still wear glasses and my voice is prone to cracking. Being in twelfth grade this isn’t exactly helping anything.

I’ve been asked about three times if I go to this school / am in this tweflth grade class. In December 2010 I went to Science World for a Biology 12 field trip. Body Worlds, to be specific. And as I lined up to enter, I stood beside a very tall friend of mine. A teacher from the school strode up to me and tried to confirm that I went to Pinetree Secondary.

That wasn’ t the nicest experience.

I’m still asian, if that helps. And still quite short — rippling with testosterone!

Anyway, since we’re about halfway through… Best of luck to those few people holding on. If they are.


Facebook Free – Day 2 :D (Adrian Ho)

So, day two and I feel exactly the same.

As we’ve sort of established before, most of the people in the class aren’t frequent users of Facebook so it’s hard to coax a reaction out of us.. cold.. monotone and anti-social(sociopathic), deviants.

An awesome game was released on Steam and I stayed up ’till 2:00 AM playing it with Narane (but his blog is still a template).

My prediction for the week… has not changed in the slightest, nor has it been any easier or harder than I’d imagined this to be.

Maybe there’s really no such thing as a Facebook addiction. Maybe it’s more of an internet addiction — heck, I think I’m addicted to the series of tubes. If you cut that internet down (with a fire axe) you’ll excise the tumour that’s the source of the problem. If internet access restrictions can be placed upon such ‘Faceobook addicts’ then there’ll be no need to call the cyber police (and the state police) and the consequences might as well be the same. And we’ll all not have dun goof’d.

 I lose all will to stay on the computer if the internet’s down… or dead. I just go off and do something else, surprisingly! It might just be the same with those poor, poor people with their Facebook addictions.


Facebook Free – Day One :D (Adrian Ho)

So today’s the day we’re starting our Facebook Free… project thingy.

And we’ve an assignment where we must list several things.

Take note that I’m not a Facebook person. I sit at home and play computer games and I say ‘to hell with it’ to most forms of social networking. So many of these answers are as walls of convoluted text and gobbledy-gook that nobody should ever take seriously.

With that in mind, enjoy my neurotic rambling.

Positive Impacts of Facebook.

  • You’ll be more connected to people abroad… or near you! You can also keep in contact with old friends that you don’t ever talk to in real life because they live somewhere else or something.
  • Popular movements can form and mobilize over the net! Public protests (peaceful, hopefully!) can begin on Facebook.

Negative Impacts of Facebook.

  • People spend way too much time on it, which inevitably leads to lower grades and reduced studying time because they’re too busy playing Farmville or some other odd game on Facebook.
  • Anonymity is completely nonexistent. There’s an incredibly false sense of privacy that’s garnered when using Facebook — ‘hateful’ and ‘derogatory’ comments can easily be tracked to their source, and private info can be.. divulged quite easily, especially if somebody’s profile is set to public. I’ve read and heard from various sources [citation needed] that kids have been denied job opportunities or university entrances because of some incriminating things posted on their (or somebody else’s) Facebook.
  • People are always using it at school. Though this is a rather ambivalent issue, hundreds of kids using Facebook at the same time can take a massive toll on a school network bandwidth, and Pinetree’s already having that problem as we speak! Or type.
  • Face-to-face communication is being left on the wayside for things like… Face(ironically)book, e-mails and texting. In this day and age we’re moving towards saying ‘screw it’ to saying ‘I just broke up with you’ in person. Instead we’re much more content to argue it out on MSN or Facebook, and post our angst-ridden results on our ‘walls.’ Somewhat amusingly as a bit of an erudite-hermit sort of person I’d be much more content to communicate electronically than in person.
  • You’ll have five hundred friends. But you’ll only talk to a select few. I suppose Facebook slightly alters the definition of a ‘friend’ to simply ‘some guy that added me because I know a person that he does but I don’t talk to him.’
  • It’s addictive for some. That doesn’t really need to be explained, it really just ties into the aspect of spending too much time on the computer and not enough time on more important… things.

How this ‘hiatus’ will affect me in the course of these five days.

  • It won’t at all. Though I’ve had (a recently deactivated) account on Facebook full of blatant lies, I rarely used it even while it was activated. I’d get invited to some birthday party or event once in a while but I really really didn’t care. I’d also post the occasional slanderous comment and log off. I never really cared for it, and probably never will, to be honest.

…And my prediction of the outcome of the week.

  • I can’t really post a specific projection of a supposed outcome. Most of the people in this class aren’t exactly social butterflies who use Facebook whenever they can — I would know, I’m a self-proclaimed social reject myself! I suppose the select few socialites in our wonderful little class may suffer through heavy withdrawal symptoms or even break completely and resort to using Facebook like they would normally. For most of us though, not much will change.

So that’s all of my word vomiting, probably longer than anybody else’s because once I start writing it’s rather hard to stop. You can go read somebody else’s vomit now, and it’ll probably taste a lot better than mine. Best of luck to everybody, especially those select few that are cool and social enough to use Facebook on a daily basis and will probably suffer in the course of this week.

Hats off to you socialites!



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