After much thought and consideration, I did the unthinkable – I closed my Facebook account. Gasp!
I know, hard to believe especially if you’re a FB addict like me. If I didn’t check it multiple times a day, I honestly felt like I was missing out on some “big” news. Really, the biggest news I was missing was what so and so was having for dinner or the new shirt that so and so bought that day. I’m not denying that I didn’t take part in this because I did – mindless information that NO ONE cared about. Sure, I reconnected with a few old friends, but the ironic part is I found myself communicating mostly with those I see on a daily or almost daily basis.
I get it. FB is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family, a place to promote your business, blog, etc., a place to voice your opinions, a place to rally people together to support a common cause. But, really, I mainly used FB as a distraction. I became so concerned with the mundane of other people’s lives that I was forgetting about my own life happening right around me.
I also struggle with the “look at me” mentality that FB encourages. Look at my new house, look at my new car, look at my brilliant kids, look how successful I am, etc. etc. As crazy as it sounds, FB has made me feel bad about myself at times. And, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of the time suck it has become in my daily life. I’m tired of feeling addicted to something that’s totally mindless.
I’m confidant that if someone wants to get in touch with me, they will find a way. And, perhaps, we might actually have a “real” conversation. Imagine that! I’m looking forward to reading those magazines that have been piling up and reading those books that have been sitting on my nightstand for months.
Like a lot of alcoholics, I tend to do things in extreme and FB was no different. It was all or nothing for me. I know people who limit their time on FB (like my husband) and can take it or leave it. If I could, I would.
So, see ya later FB! It’s time to get back to MY life.