Social media, love it or hate it, it is a big part of our lives. Sometimes, too big a part. Myself included. I decided on Friday that I am going to give myself a Facebook Break. No more personal Facebook, no more bored scrolling, no more having to be held to the shackles that is Facebook.
I still have my blog Facebook pages, they are where I get a load of traffic from, especially my travel blog. But as for the personal Facebook. Bye bye! And you know what? I feel like a weight has lifted. It’s a freeing feeling. It is a good feeling.
The irony that this post will be automatically published on Facebook is not lost on me.
Why I chose to have a Facebook Break
- Depression is my curse and turns me into a bit of a hermit. At the moment with work, I am surrounded by people all day, every day so it is nice when I get home to have time out from people.
- Facebook is an incredible time waster. Think about how many hours a week you spend just scrolling? Spend a day adding up all the times you click on that blue icon. It gets up there, doesn’t it? I want that time back.
- Facebook is fake, people can pick and choose what they want to put on there, it isn’t a real reflection of life. Think about the things you post on there, is it an honest reflection of you? I felt false choosing what to post and editing my life.
- Facebook makes us so easily accessible, while this isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it is nice to not be quite so available all the time.
- Most of all, I just can’t be bothered with it anymore.
Why I don’t like the Facebook
- Social media makes it easy for us to gain sympathy. This isn’t always a bad thing. But we all have that one (or more) friend that is constantly posting how their life sucks or vague updates in the hopes of gaining some sympathy or probing for more information. Instead of announcing it to the world, it is much more productive to do something about it. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, write in your journal. The hard truth is, not a lot of people care about others problems unless they are a close friend. That acquaintance doesn’t care. That person who is only your online friend doesn’t care. We are a self-absorbed species.
- Sometimes, we only feel validated when it is posted online for everyone to see. We post pictures of our amazing trip then sit by and wait for the likes. When we don’t get as many as we want we feel a bit downhearted.
- Facebook makes it easy for us to miss the small moments that make up life. Think about all those people who watch concerts through their phones so that they can post it on social media. They are actually missing out on being actually in the moment. And let’s face it, are they really going to watch that blurry video with bad sound later on?
Why YOU should have a Facebook Break
I think as a society we are too focused on what other people think and are tied to our phones and other devices. We are becoming more and more reliant on social media, so much so that it is becoming unhealthy. Take a look around you next time you are in town and see how many people are looking down at their phones. I bet you at least 80% of people are.
Social media has taken over our lives. It is hard to imagine life before social media. But it happened. And everyone survived.
Take back your life again. Be present in the moment and just enjoy it for what it is. Put the phone away, laugh with friends, gaze at the stars, sit on the beach and feel the sand beneath your toes. It is the little moments that make up life. These are the moments that count. Not that like on Facebook. Not that 42nd quote you just scrolled past. It’s the people, the friends, the feelings, the world around you that isn’t on a screen.
We are only on this Earth for a short time. Make the most of it while you can.
The benefits of having a Facebook Break
I have only been off Facebook for a couple of days but already I feel much better for it.
- There are more hours in the day to do things (like scroll Instagram. Just joking). I am spending more time doing things I enjoy such as writing, reading, sitting in the sun with a cup of tea and actually being present in the moment.
- I don’t feel the need to constantly check my phone. It sits in my room away from me and that’s ok. It’s actually a relief.
- I feel happier and more at peace. I like being on my own and having my own company. The Facebook addiction was real.
- With Facebook all over the news at the moment with privacy concerns, it is a good time to have a wee break from it.
- I wasn’t actually receiving any benefits from keeping my Facebook account active. Apart from the odd cat video, what are the benefits really? I can still keep in touch with people via other means, in person, over the phone, via text or WhatsApp. It is much more meaningful seeking out someone and having an actual conversation rather than just liking a picture or a post as you scroll past it.
- Taking time out for you is so important. Having a breather and just taking time to fight the overwhelm of life is much needed every now and then.
You don’t have to go all out
Try it. You never know, you may find the weight has lifted too. You don’t have to have a complete break, but maybe limited Facebook viewing times might work. You’ll have more time to do other things, be present in the moment and not be tied to your phone. If you limit your Facebook time you can use that time for other things you enjoy.
- You could try limiting Facebook to an hour after work.
- Certain days of the week or even just weekends could be days that you are allowed to check your Facebook.
- Give yourself one day a week with no social media and see what happens.
- Or even just take it off your phone and only check it when you are sat down on your computer.
Let me know how you get on if you do decide to do it. I would be interested to see how others find it.
I am going to see how long I can keep this Facebook Break up for, I am hoping it will be indefinitely. All my other social media accounts are purely for my blog so I only go on them for 10 mins a day tops (if that ‘coz I’m slack). Facebook has always been my biggest problem though. It is so easy to get sucked back in, even after a long break. I have had Facebook Breaks in the past and always think, ‘Well, I know I can go a month without it, so when I get back on it again, it won’t be so bad’. Wrong. Every time.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever had a Facebook Break? How long did you last? Are you going to try and have one too?
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