I Relapsed On Facebook

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It’s true…I relapsed on Facebook.

I had every good intention of stepping back, taking a break and simplifying my life. But, I only lasted a week.

The truth is, I missed my friends and family. Okay, so I don’t “see” them or “talk” to them on a regular basis, but I still feel connected to them and Facebook makes that possible.

I guess you could say I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. My husband always jokes that I was born in the wrong decade – or century. I have a special love for the traditional and romantic. I long for the days of Little Women or Anne of Green Gables. A simplistic way of life where friends and family gather for tea or coffee, write love letters to each other and frolic through green fields (okay, maybe not frolic, but you get the picture). I know, life was not simple during those times. They still had their issues and life was anything but perfect – but I can still dream, right?

In this day and age, I find myself feeling suffocated with the information overload. Smart phones, texts, messaging, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I participate to a certain extent, yet I still find myself baffled by the need to be in touch 24/7. Where is the mystery? The joy and anticipation of seeing someone you haven’t seen in years? The excitement in the unknown?

I guess it’s the romantic in me that longs for “the way things used to be.” Did I just say that? Oh no, a sure sign that I’m getting old!

So, here I am; blogging about Facebook. Ironic, yes. Despite my confliction, I don’t want to be one of “those” people who stands still while the world passes them by. No, never!

With that, I will embrace the here and now, and when I’m feeling the need for a more simplistic time and place I will download one of the classics onto my Kindle – ha!

4 responses

  1. I took a FB break for over a year – I came back and people had been pregnant and had babies, and I had no idea! So, yeah, it’s odd to ‘miss out’ on many things. Then again, why didn’t they call with the news? Send an e-mail? Nope, so many people use FB as the fastest and easiest way to stay in touch. So I really don’t see how I have much of a choice when it comes to FB: if I want to know just what the heck is going on in people’s lives, I’d better check in.

    • Exactly! Whether I like it or not, it’s how most people stay in touch with each other these days. I figure I can dig my heels in, or just accept it and join in. However, I might start a letter writing campaign just to buck the system!

  2. I probably come off as Amish with my no FB, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest accounts, etc.!! I actually do have a Twitter account, but it’s been inactive for two years, so I only use it to follow people, so I am exaggerating. But I think part of me not getting into those things is that I will *get* into those things. Dangerous for a alkie like me who tends to do nothing-or-all kind of things at times. Your post reminds me that we certainly do need that space for mystery and for longing…something we miss in this 24/7 instant access. Being in the here and now, as you also mention, is very important too. The noise that we occupy in our lives through all that stuff sometimes takes us away from *our* selves and where we need to be.

    Great post! I am sure balance with find itself in your life 🙂

    Blessings,
    Paul

    • Ha! If you haven’t started, don’t do it! There’s no turning back! I closed my Instagram account, so I’m just down to Facebook, but that’s enough! It’s easy to get sucked in. Thanks for your comment, Paul!

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