I just deactivated my Facebook account. It’s not the first time I’ve done it, but it was long overdue. I need a good hiatus from the trap. I seriously miss life before Facebook existed. It’s such an easy trap to fall into, and I wish I could stay gone forever, but so much of life is intertwined with Facebook, it may be tough.
Ironically (or not), the first thing I wanted to do was update my status to say, “I QUIT FACEBOOK!”. This is only part of the problem. The other part is being distracted all the time. Checking my newsfeed, checking notifications, checking again, and then checking again. It’s a problem, and I feel my life being sucked away by it.
Even as I type this, my sidebar is telling me to refresh my connection to Facebook before I publish.
I am not going to use Facebook as a funnel anymore to feed my blogs to my friends. If someone wants to follow my blog, by all means, do so. I do not need Facebook to communicate with friends! Those who want to will stay in touch!
One of my biggest frustrations with Facebook is people. I have access to way more information about people than I ever want. Facebook status updates erase the need to ask how a friend is doing. Then there are the people you feel obligated to be friends with, and even when they annoy you or interpret you incorrectly, you’re stuck in that electronic friendship.
I don’t want electronic friendships anymore. I need my free time back. I need a chance to think and breathe, and have an opinion without everyone responding to it, good or bad. I need to not need the validation of a like. I also do not need to share my workouts on a daily basis. In fact, I think that has hurt my workouts the most. I miss the organic lifestyle that I used to live, the one that existed prior to 2006, prior to my debut on Facebook.
So tonight, here I sit. Literally sitting on the floor typing this blog, wiping the slate clean. Preparing for life without Facebook.
Are there any readers out there who have a similar relationship/experience with Facebook?