There are plenty of reasons to quit Facebook. Now there’s another one. In the aftermath of Facebook’s controversial experiment with people’s emotions, a campaign has been launched which challenges people to quit using the site for 99 days. The site predicts you’ll gain a tremendous freedom which will result in you being a happier person for doing so, thus giving itself the name 99 Days of Freedom.
If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, most people don’t view giving up TV as an appealing thought as well, but many are surprised at how little they miss it once they have. If you can make the commitment to do so, you have a good chance of feeling the same way. The site will also provide help for you to do so by giving you an image you can use as a profile photo so everyone knows you’re gone, along with a personal countdown which you can share so others know why you’ve disappeared.
Over the course of your absence, you’ll receive an anonymous survey once a month (every 33 days) where you can share if your happiness has improved. The results will be shared on the website. There’s also a message area where you can share how your break-up with Facebook is going.
The group which put the site and challenge together said the following in their press release, “Our prediction is that the experiment will yield a lot of positive personal experiences, and 99 days from now, we’ll know whether that theory has legs.”
Despite their theory of the positive benefits, it doesn’t appear that many of the over 1.2 billion active Facebook followers are up for the challenge. As of the time of this writing, less than 5,000 had joined the project, despite a large amount of publicity in the press.