Getting off ‘the facebook’

So on Monday, I deactivated my Facebook account. Shocking I know! I still have an account for work purposes so I’m not fully free of it but from a personal and social point of view, it’s gone. I did it for a few reasons, the biggest being the need to simplify and to stop the incessant noise that is social media.

Keeping in mind my word for the year, I’m looking for ways to rest in all aspects of my life so that my whole being is leaning towards that rest and not just my physical body. I’ll admit, it felt foreign at first, to not have the meme’s, the satire, the cute and fluffy videos, the ‘connection’ to people I know. But oh my goodness, to not see every latest political disaster, every cause that needs my immediate attention, the spiritual posts that remind me how far short I fall (constantly!) – to just have quiet has been bliss! And to realise how often, when I had a few spare minutes, I would pick up my phone and just trawl Facebook mindlessly…well, it’s embarrassing to admit but it was A LOT. Now, instead of reaching for that button on my phone, I can just sit and think, refocus my mind on God, say a short prayer of thankfulness and allow my mind to….rest 🙂

It’s funny too, I now have more coffee dates with friends set in my diary after removing myself from Facebook. See Facebook gives us the impression of connection and community (and I do think there are circumstances in which that connection and community are very real indeed but that’s for another post!) but often comes up short. Nothing, nothing, can replace face to face connection with other people. People may not be able to tell from a status or online chat how we are really doing – put us in front of each other though and you can tell if that smile doesn’t quite reach their eyes or if their hands are shaking or their shoulders are slumped.

We need to actually see one another in order to really ‘see’ one another.

So am I advocating for everyone to get off Facebook? I guess I am! But I’m also realistic and know that the likelihood of that is pretty slim 🙂 I wasn’t disciplined enough to just cut down and limit my usage but maybe you are. All I know is that in our current world, we are generally overloaded, stressed and feeling isolated. Seek real connection. I dare you.

10 thoughts on “Getting off ‘the facebook’

  1. I did it once, 30 days in exact… since my anxiety was really emerging that time because of the superficial things I was reading then. However, after 30 days, I get back to mindlessly scrolling my FB and the relapse is real struggle up until this day. I hope I can do what you are doing right now, it is just that I am introvert and social media is the only place I can be social. 🙂

    God bless on your new journey! 🙂

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  2. I was just checking in to see what you were up to, and read this post. I hope you are loving the extra time! I “fasted” FB for the first three months of the year, and while at first it was hard (oh, the pictures I couldn’t post!), it got better. I didn’t go back in the same way I had before, and found during a recent one-month road trip, that I wasn’t interested much in posting and reading what others are up to. In fact, reading about all the amazing things others are doing sometimes makes me feel very uninteresting — hahaha…I’m still chewing on how much I want/need social media.

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    • I am definitely loving the extra time but it’s more the brain space I’m noticing…it really was getting to overload point and now I feel much better and clearer, which is great 🙂 And I agree – my desire for it all has diminished significantly! 🙂

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      • I didn’t. There were definitely some bloggable (is that a word?) parts to it, but I wasn’t moved to write about them. Not sure why. It was one of our best trips ever, and much of the deep satisfaction generated from quality time with friends and family. Thank you for asking.

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