It has been almost two years since I’ve deactivated my Facebook account. I’ll admit, It’s hard to get my blog out there and get more readers without Facebook, but I’m not going to reactivate it just to advertise. If I reactivate Facebook, it will be because I want to, and can control the amount of time I spend on it better than I used to.
I am not against Facebook. It is a wonderful tool and a great way to keep in touch. It is great for business, advertising, and being able to share your life with friends and loved ones. This is just my personal history with it.
Facebook took up too much of my time. I had a hard time controlling how much I was on it. I would catch myself mindlessly scrolling through the news feed, mindlessly ‘creeping’ and getting irritated with people. Any spare moment, it was like instinct for me to hit the Facebook app on my phone and scroll through my news feed.
The day I deactivated Facebook and deleted the app on my phone I honestly felt a sting of emptiness for a while. How sad is that? Throughout the next few days, I would unlock my home screen on my phone and instantly go to click my Facebook app then remember It wasn’t there anymore.
It has been almost two years since i’ve deactivated my account. I realize how productive my days are now. I’ve read my bible more in these last 2 years than I have in my entire life. I started cleaning more, maintaining my house better, and paying more attention to my dogs. I began calling people, and writing letters to friends.
My great grandma started coming over once a week for coffee. Those days have been some of the best days of my life. Simply sitting on my porch swing with her, talking and listening to her stories, without the distraction of an electronic device.
I get my dishes done every night. My face gets washed every night. I have time to read and write more. I’ve been working puzzles and going for walks. The simplest things in life have become the most enjoyable.
When I’m with a group of people, I pay attention to conversations more, notice and learn more about other people.
I don’t want anyone to look back on their lives and remember spending it on their phones. I want to be able to tell my great-grandchildren interesting stories about my life and friends and family and how much they meant to me.
I’m not saying Facebook should be done away with. But I do wish we could comment in real life more and online less, and build real relationships with people.
Live your life fully. Don’t let Facebook live your life for you. Time is going by so fast, don’t waste it. Love your actual friends and family, not just your “Facebook friends”.