I don't think I have a lot more time. A little. I find myself doing a lot of other internet bullshit to fill my day, rather than the things I ought to do. I guess I get a little bit more done.
One thing that's been weird are the brief moments I log on. There have been 3 or 4 occasions where I go on FB for very specific reasons: send a message to someone I don't have an e-mail address for, find the address of an event that is easy to get on FB and harder elsewhere, or check messages for people that don't have my e-mail. I decided ahead of time that those were okay, as long as I didn't get sucked in to reading posts and commenting on them.
The first couple times were no big deal, but this week, I find myself almost inexorably drawn to reading stuff from people. Maybe it's the time of day and it's my most interesting people posting stuff. But I really want to follow links and comment and stuff.
One thing that has made this weird - and really this was part of what led to my decision - is that with my current lifestyle, I don't see a lot of people in real life.
For one thing, my office recently moved locations, but there was about a 7 week period after we had to vacate the old office before the new office was available. So I was working from home that whole time, and never saw any coworkers face to face. Unless I made a point to arrange a lunch with someone, I cooked my own lunches, which was cheaper, tastier, and more nutritious, but also lonelier - I didn't interact with any food servers or anything.
On top of that, my wife's been in a heavy rehearsal schedule for her upcoming Vortex show. ("Earth" opens Saturday. Come see it!) So that means every evening I need to be home with the kids, feed them, put them to bed, and as the opening approaches and her call times get earlier, I have to leave work earlier, so I log in after the kids are asleep and work - which means less time for video entertainment or very quiet chores or whatnot.
But even without either of those things, I simply have not been getting out of the house much the past year or so. My leg injury certainly didn't contribute to that, but I've just been becoming more of a homebody lately. There's a feedback loop - the more I get out, the more practiced I am at socializing, and the more I feel comfortable going out. (And the opposite, but swap in "less" for "more", and we spiral in the other direction.)
There certainly is an introverted, homey side to myself that sometimes gets shortchanged when I'm going out playing and planning and partying all the time, but lately it's been pretty far in the other direction.
So - back to my original point - Facebook was a bit of a fill-in for that. I don't get to see real friends in real life, so I would spend a lot of time with virtual friends online. Most of them are people I have met in real life, but often not the same people that I prefer as in-person hanging out. People's text and links tend be from a different side of them than who they are sitting and chatting, so I found myself gravitating toward people that I clicked with on the internet more than people I click with in real life.
I don't know if my intention in giving up Facebook was to push myself out of the house so I'd see real people, but if it was, that hasn't really worked. (Partly due to the timing I mention above.)
I definitely feel like I've learned a lot about what Facebook means to me and ways to use it well - and ways to avoid using it.
I also think I'm going to start coming to church nights regularly. Or something at least.