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Today, I accomplished something.
I deleted everyone off of my personal Facebook account.
Me, addicted to Facebook since 2008 (and MySpace before that, which was so much better in my opinion!), no longer has a personal Facebook account.
I’ve been asked quite a few questions about my decision.
This most frequent one asked was WHY are you doing this?
There are a couple different reasons.
- I think social media is a great tool when used for the correct purposes. But for me, it became such a negative problem in my life.
I would check my feed a couple (hundred) times a day and would either end up depressed because I didn’t feel I measured up to some of my other “friends” (hello, high school again), angry because of the constant political drama or sad because someone was always sharing the most depressing things.
Why would I WANT to spend my time with that amount of negatively?
- I would rather cultivate actual relationships with a handful of people I truly care about than have 100 “likes” on a picture.
- I want to have more time to focus on my daughter and pursuing other interests.
What about Candy Crush?
I deleted all Facebook games/apps. I’m not a big gamer so I don’t think it’ll be much of a problem. My reading addiction is a lot stronger than my Candy Crush addiction 🙂
Why did I delete my friends instead of closing the account?
There are a handful of Thyroid groups and Homeschooling groups I belong too that I have found great support with and I want to stay involved with.
Does this mean I’m off social media for good?
Nope, I am still keeping the Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest pages for the blog up.
I’m still a part of a select few groups on Facebook.
I did, however, delete the enormous amount of “yard sale sites”, I found myself aimlessly browsing them for hours on end and finding things I HAVE to have. Luckily, I’m in a “I want to get rid of all the clutter in my house” mindset so that was an easy choice for me.
I wonder if there’s a support groups for that. I really need one.
Hi, my name is Mary and I have a yard sale addiction.
Am I worried that I will miss anything important?
No, my true friends will call or text me about anything important.
Do I expect to stay off Facebook forever?
I’m not sure; I’m doing this as an experiment for now and seeing how it goes.
Why not just limit the amount of time you spend on it?
Because I have a self control problem and I don’t want Facebook to be such an integral part of my life right now.
Are you crazy?
No, I didn’t delete Pinterest. Now, THAT would be crazy!
How addicted are you to Facebook? Do you find it to be a positive or negative part of your life?