A little less than a year ago I deleted my Facebook when I started a new job in order to be more professional and become more goal focused. I initially wanted to avoid the friend requests from co-workers who just craved new gossip material, and quite frankly I just needed the break as it was becoming an addiction.
Many people will refuse to admit they are addicted to Facebook…the same people who call me crazy for deactivating mine.
Life after deactivating my Facebook has…
1. Allowed more time to spend with people building meaningful relationships
• rather than worrying about who commented, who liked, or what others post I have deeper connections occurring face to face
2. Decreased the negativity I’m exposing myself to such as…
• arguments between family/friends
• constant posts how it’s Monday and how will we make it through another work week
• political opinions
• videos of pets and children being abused…why do people post this garbage to begin with?
• No need to keep up with those “friends” who requested me just to be nosey…why do people send requests who don’t even like you anyway? Why did I accept them?
3. No more worrying if people with “like” my newly posted picture/post (yea, I know…you don’t do this, but be real…you do!)
• What if people don’t like this one as must as the last one? Did I gain weight? Was I showing enough skin? Was I showing too much? Am I portraying myself as a good mother? I don’t really care what people think…I swear.
4. Allowed me to go through my bad moods without the entire Facebook community becoming alarmed
• Call me impulsive…if I felt a certain way I would post it…even if it was in an incognito kind of way
5. Increased my time spent with my hobbies and opened doors to new experiences
Blogging has generated some of the same worries that Facebook did, but since my personal information isn’t as readily available for all to search I’m more at ease. Blogging is more therapeutic for me, whereas Facebook was more for keeping connected with friends (*wink*).
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