A day without Facebook

Yesterday was a rough day for me.

I had a little cold, so I had to keep blowing my nose; I had a hard time getting out of bed; and upon getting out of my car at work, I slipped on ice, landed on my elbow and thigh, spilling my smoothie everywhere.

But that was nothing.

I had to stay off Facebook for almost 24 hours.

One of my favorite TV shows is NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” which is an American Idol-like competition for a cappella groups. When I was at Northwestern, like most college students, I fell in love with these instrument-less ensembles and became a huge a cappella groupie. An aca-nerd, if you will.

The Sing-Off, this year in its fourth season, is usually held as a two-week aca-marathon — a two-hour extravaganza Monday through Thursday for two weeks. It’s wonderful, but it’s quite overwhelming. So much a cappella! All at one time! Naturally, because I am a human with a job and grad school and friends, I had a hard time keeping up with the show. So when the finale aired on Monday night, I was two episodes behind.

In the olden days, when you didn’t watch a sports game or a news show live, you had a chance of not having the event ruined for you. Without Facebook, texting, smart phones, and TVs in every direction, there was a chance (though not always successful, as depicted in the Seinfeld episode where Jerry answers the phone, “If you know what happened in the Mets game don’t tell me, I taped it. Hello?”). But now — it’s almost impossible.

Monday night, Adam told me he just wanted to check the news quickly before bed — and mistakenly discovered the winner of The Sing-Off. I would not make the same mistake myself.

So, consequently, yesterday was a rough day for me.

Luckily for me (sort of), The Sing-Off is not as popular as a local sports game, so people weren’t talking about it everywhere I turned at work. I just had to use all of my will power to refrain from checking the news and from checking — gasp! — Facebook.

Whose birthday is it? Who got engaged this week? Who posted wedding pictures? Have there been any major sporting events? How’s the health care website doing? Are there any new videos of cats wearing sunglasses? AM I MISSING CAT VIDEOS?!?!?

Of course, I had to log in to Facebook to post pictures on behalf of my work (like us on Facebook!), but while switching to the synagogue’s account, I had to literally cover up my computer with my hand to avoid seeing any news.

I ended up being successful until 7:44 p.m., when I finished watching the DVR’d episodes and found out the winner … but we’re lucky the day hadn’t gone on any longer, or else I might have begun playing Candy Crush.


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