I’m a typical millennial when it comes to social media. Prior to mid-June, you could find me checking Facebook at least once an hour. At stop lights, in between work calls, at lunch (at least twice), walking to my car in the parking lot, first thing when I got home, and while falling asleep I would be scrolling and scrolling through my feed.
I’m mostly an observer on Facebook. Scrolling through everyone else’s lives, political statuses, highlight reel pictures (y’know the ones: engagements, weddings, honeymoons, vacays, etc). The most active I (typically) get on Facebook is subscribing to events and the occasional like or comment on a post. But I was ALWAYS scrolling through.
People share everything on Facebook, and it’s
hard impossible not to compare yourself to these highlight reels. One day, I deactivated my profile and haven’t looked back! I’ve been offline for 2 months (and counting!) and here’s what I’ve learned:
- So MANY apps are tied to a Facebook account. Even though I initially deactivated my account, I did have to bring it back so I could get back into my Spotify account without having to create a new one. (Update: I now have a business account for this blog so I’m on it only to check that account and post new content. Click here to follow me to be the first to see new and exclusive content)
- I get WAY TOO MUCH of my news from Facebook. I’m a cheapskate so I don’t have cable or Sirius XM to listen to the news. Instead I used Facebook to get my news (embarrassing but true!) It’s much easier to add all of my favorite news sources on Facebook, then click on the interesting articles. (Side note: CNN’s Facebook publishing is on point, they deliver the news I care about at the right time)
- It’s easier to focus on yourself when you aren’t inundated with other people’s lives. It is impossible not to compare what you’re up to with what everyone else is up to when you see that about 350 times a day.
- It has been WAY less difficult that I imagined. Full disclosure, I still have Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat so I’m getting my social media fix. Twitter and Instagram were created to be way more public than Facebook. Snapchat is just a fun way to share everyday moments with my closer friends..
- I’ve been MORE social without Facebook. Instead of tagging friends in videos and pictures, I have to actually talk to the people I want to keep in contact with. I’m somewhat of an introvert so that was a challenge at first!
One thing I miss: whenever I meet someone, I like to add them on Facebook. It’s a super easy way to keep up with the people I meet and you never know when that could be a valuable connection!
Anyone else disconnect from social media for a bit? If so how did it go?