As you know, I took a hiatus from Facebook for Lent. Then, shortly thereafter, I took a break from blogging. A few days after deciding on a blogging break, I realized I still needed something of a Facebook break, as well. Being away from it for so long made me realize how little I missed it.
Now, Facebook has it's good qualities, but it has been proven to "aid" in making people feel bad about themselves. I have an issue where I see that certain people are hanging out in real life without me, and it makes me jealous. That's not really Facebook's fault or even the fault of those people. They are allowed to do things without me, but what I don't know doesn't hurt me, and what I do know sometimes does.
I'm sure I have done the same thing to other people, so I decided that, although I am not going to necessarily go off of Facebook completely, I'm going to be very selective from now on about what I post and what I allow myself to read. In fact, I enacted a "no scroll" policy for awhile, as suggested by my friend, Laura. This means I just read what pops up on my screen, but I do not scroll down. I've gotten a little lax about that over the last few weeks, but I think I'll get back to it.
The biggest change I made was uninstalling Facebook from my smartphone. I've only had a smartphone for about a year, but I feel like I've gotten too attached to the internet since getting one. In some ways, smartphones are very useful, but in many other ways, it's a distraction and an obsession. I think I'm pretty good about it generally, but I've seen a phone become an extension of some people's bodies and I could see at least a bit of that happening in myself, so I took major steps to change that.
I love that Facebook is not on my phone anymore, and that will be staying away. I am going back to my no scroll today. I also have decided to shut my phone completely off during my work days. There is nothing so important that the truly important people in my life can't get a hold of me on my work phone if there is an emergency. Everything else can wait until 5:00pm.
So, do you think that your social life is suffering from social media? How can you take steps to still be "connected" while still being literally social in your everyday life?