Well hello my fellow supporters and blogger friends, today I write this post because I’ve decided that I need to challenge myself to something that I haven’t done basically since the creation of my Facebook page back in 2009. I am taking a break from it.
After much deliberation, I’ve realized that although Facebook does have many pros to it in regards to keeping in touch with others – I also seem to get lost too often in the drama of living in a virtual social party far too often.
Also, no I’m not an Instagram guy so I will not be covertly applying more attention to my Instagram page!
Anyways, when reflecting on the time that I’ve spent with my Facebook page I find it hard to tell whether it has more of a positive or a negative influence on my life and general well-being. Anyone that is truly important to me has my cell phone number and sure I have a page dedicated to my blog, but anyone that I know through Facebook who reads my blog only needs to do a simple URL search of my website’s address to continue to find it for the month of June.
I understand the social benefits of social media but there is also something to be said about the negative aspects of being over-exposed and connected. It can very easily distract us from our mindfulness in our daily lives, those goals and objectives that we would like to invest more energy to and being present with those around us. It’s also too easy to begin to judge your own life through the “likes” and opinions of other people when you are so connected and sharing regularly those things that are personal to you, creating your “social media footprint”. It is a virtual identity and although it mimics reality, it is certainly not so.
Perhaps I just need a perspective change and maybe this time will help me achieve just that. I would like to see how this challenge affects my confidence and my overall quality of life.
Well I digress, for these reasons I shall be completely deactivating my Facebook page and in one month’s time, with the lessons that I have learned from my time away I will decide for myself whether I will reactivate or delete my Facebook page.
I will share my progress at the half-way and the one month mark through June!
Wish me luck and personal growth 🙂
“As far as self-confidence goes, so much of social media is about approval, getting likes, comparing our lives to others’ – meanwhile, confidence is an inside job: it’s about how you feel about yourself regardless of what anyone else does or thinks. It’s a knowing that you’re human, you’re flawed, and you’re awesome in your own way.” – Jen Sincero