Could the Facebook Fast Help Your Marriage?

Jeanne Sager
Love & Sex

National Facebook FastIf only my divorced friends knew all it took to fix your relationship was a day without Facebook.

That's essentially what Pastor Kerry Shook and wife Chris are peddling with the National Facebook Fast.

Suggest the founders of Woodlands Church, a worship place so giant it has five campuses (four in Texas, one online), "Participants pledge to refrain from Facebook, Twitter, texting, and email and spend time getting face-to-face in the relationships that matter most to them."

Is it me, or would this thing ring truer if the National Facebook Fast didn't have its own Facebook page?

On the surface, the Shooks' plan goes straight to the heart of those media warnings that we're "too plugged in," and we're letting our relationships suffer.

I'll raise my hand and admit I've sat in the same room as my husband, both of us with laptops in front of us. 

It's not an everyday occurrence. I try to spend at least one day a week with the computer completely unplugged. But we've been "that" couple, commenting on one another's Facebook statuses. I can promise you it's not our main way of communicating, and it's never about anything deep and meaningful. 

Call that a tragedy of our times? I call it a way to amuse each other even when the laptops are in place. We're going to stare at them anyway; at least we can connect in the middle of our work flow.

The same goes for the other relationships the Shooks intend to save by turning off our Facebook. My friends have kids; we don't have time to carry on phone conversations or many nights out. 

So we keep up with quick notes, thumbs up, and photos.

Hey, it's not perfect -- you still have the Facebook friends who are destroying your health. But at least you can block them.

You can't do that with the trifling neighbor trying to ruin your marriage in real life.

Will you be shutting down on August 25?


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