So, I want to start by saying that I’ve never really been a huge fan of social media in the first place, yet I’ve used Facebook frequently as a way to store my photos online. I would also use Facebook as a way to connect with old friends or distant relatives and to share my blog with those in my life that actually care.
So, why did I give it up for a month?
Well, one month ago I gave up social media because I spent too much time scrolling through the mundane news feed of other people’s lives. I also had started to become self-conscious of what I would post. I started to question my content if it didn’t receive likes or comments. I was starting to feel insecure because of my Facebook account and it’s pretty shitty that an app you use by choice can make you feel that way. So I backed up all of my photos onto a hard drive and shut my account down.
How did it change my life?
Well, I began to write way more frequently on my blog! I also stopped feeling as self-conscious about my life and the opinions of others. It even gave me the courage to make posts to my blog that were more deeply personal and raw because I wasn’t so concerned about who may or may not see it. It allowed me to just be me a bit more and for that, I’m grateful.
The other thing is that even though I am now less connected with others through Facebook, I am more connected through text messages, messaging apps and phone calls. Without that weak feeling of connection through social media, I have actually put the effort in to be truly more connected with those I love and care about.
Will I be reactivating my Facebook account now?
This is the big question! I feel like I may activate my Facebook account again just so I can continue to host my Facebook page for my blog, but I’m not interested in using Facebook regularly for personal use.
Perhaps I will! Perhaps I won’t. Let’s just say that at this point I’m still undecided. Facebook was definitely not something that I missed when I took it away from myself and if anything, my life actually approved in meaningful ways, so it’s difficult to justify opening up that can of worms again. Maybe I just need to use it differently and less frequently. Time will tell!