At the start of the year, I made a decision to avoid Facebook as much as possible from now on.
I have succeeded so far, only checking my personal profile about 5 times in the last 4 months. A pretty big leap from the 50 times each day I used to check it!
Why did I make this choice?
Because Facebook is a Big Fat Lie!
I made the decision to resolve my “facebook addiction” based on a much bigger resolution I had made for myself this year..happiness!
The bottom line, if it doesn’t make me happy, I’m not doing it. End of story.
When I would scroll through Facebook and see all the updates people would post, bragging about this, that, and the other thing they have, or have been, I didn’t feel good.
To be honest, it would make me feel bad. It would make me lose appreciation for what I had and start wanting more, and more, because then “I’d be happy like they are”…right?
Here’s the long and short of it, people only post what they want you to see! Facebook is a highlight reel of your friends’ lives.
In fact, many people thrive off of it, constantly searching for the next “share”.
Livin’ For The “Share” Video
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with old friends that may have moved away, or family you don’t get to see as often as you like, but you need to remember that (for lack of a better way of putting it!) it’s not real life!
No one is ever going to post a picture of their child throwing an epic tantrum in the middle of the grocery store, a status listing the credit card balances they racked up on their newest purchase, or a video of them fighting with their spouse!
While I was worried about “missing out” on events and news from friends and family by not staying connected with Facebook, it really hasn’t affected anything at all!
If nothing else, it has encouraged me to stay connected in person with more people, and made our visits much more interesting since we have more to catch up on!
Maybe it’s just me, but my decision to “unplug” from Facebook this year has definitely supported my goal of living happier!
Do you ever get frustrated with what you see on social media? Would you ever try “unplugging”? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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