It all started here!!
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, my social media professor at The Lebanese American University (LAU), Ali Chehade, dared me to convince someone to De-activate their Facebook account for 72 hours.
It was unbelievable. A task that would never cross my mind. I hesitated at first, but then my mind tells me: ” let it be, I’m up to everything”.
Here i agreed to accept the challenge that i couldn’t escape. From that moment, i started to look up for someone who is going to De-activate their Facebook for 3 days. And what was a better choice than my little sister who is obsessed with Facebook.
I have to admit. It was hard, to convince someone of an age of 13-year-old, to give up Facebook. But it has to be done and now! No matter what and how. Until i succeeded.
On the reason why she agreed to do this , my sister Eve said:” I wanted to know how it feels like to be in university, and not to have to wear my school uniform.”
Nevertheless, I have to confess that it took me more than one bar of chocolate to convince her, but it’s all right. It’s for my class project. I had to give it all i have.
Before De-activating her Facebook account, Eve said: ” I was very worried. Because some of my BFF’s ( Best Friends Forever) don’t have what’s app or even a phone to contact them. So I was afraid to miss some hangouts with them”, she added.
On if she thinks someone will notice her absence after the De-activation, she said “Yeah, especially my close friends. Because they don’t have a phone and i can only contact them on Facebook.”
After the De-activation of Facebook, Eve said: “My best friend, Aya, was the first one to notice my absence. She was like, why you disappeared from Facebook? So i told her that school started and I wanted to focus on my studies.”
Eve was told to obey to the rules of my professor , Ali Chehade, who forbidden us from telling the real reason behind shutting down Facebook. This is why she had to lie, even to her closest friends.
However, the game continued. And more fake excuses to tell. And this time to her own father who also noticed her absence on Facebook.
“My Dad Noticed my absence after i tagged him in a photo and that before De-activating Facebook. He asked me why the photo disappeared? So I told him I am tired from Facebook and I wanna relax”, she explained.
At the end, Eve admitted that she missed Facebook a lot. In addition to that, she sometimes felt the urge to check some photos of her friends, but unfortunately couldn’t. Her Facebook was still deactivated.
She knew that she couldn’t break the rules, but however she managed to find another way fulfilling her desire to open Facebook.
“I secretly opened my mum’s Facebook behind her back. I wanted to know what’s happening and what I’m missing. I couldn’t resist it anymore”, she confessed passionately.
However, deactivated Facebook gave her one advantage : “This experience made my phone battery last longer”, she added laughing.
It’s not that bad AFTER all. I guess..