As some of you will recall, in December I vowed to take a 30 day Facebook break and give an update after the time was up on how my “Facebook cleanse” went.
I learned a few things during this 30 day period. First, I learned that I really don’t like Facebook. It stresses me out! It brings out the worst in a lot of people and really ties my stomach in knots. 95% of the time I leave Facebook feeling more anxious or stressed than I was before I signed in.
Second, it is impossible to outright quit. I told you I would be 100% honest during my experiment so here it goes: I logged in to Facebook several times. ((Pause to lower head in shame)) It wasn’t for fun I promise. But it turns out that with my healthy living business, my recent work I’m doing for our Home Owners Association (I’m on the board), and of course the Facebook page for my blog, there is no escaping Facebook for very long. It is literally ingrained into certain aspects of my life. And people expect information, updates, and availability through this media source.
So while I deeply dislike this social media outlet and wish I could completely erase myself from its clutches, I’m also dependent on it for business and information.
Where do I go from here? I’m not sure, but there’s got to be a balance between using Facebook for critical resources and avoiding it for personal uses (i.e. Killing time).
While I’m disappointed I couldn’t completely disband from Mark Zuckerberg’s online parasite, I’m grateful that my 30-day experiment taught me one thing… Facebook is not for fun. I need to stop using it in the hopes fo entertainment, amusement, and mind-numbing. Instead, I am much better off grabbing a book, doing a workout, or if I really need to go into a vegetative state… play a game of candy crush (I’m no saint, you guys!).
Because while Candy Crush is probably just as zombie-inducing as Facebook in certain ways, Candy Crush doesn’t talk back, doesn’t judge, and it makes me stop playing after I lose a few games (thank God!).
So, I’ll see you all the big FB occasionally… probably because I’m doing work for my blog, my healthy living program, or my HOA. If the Book ever becomes a place of love and trust, I might slowly reintegrate myself. But for now, life is good in the real world.