TWE NO.30 // Social Media Vol.2
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about my sort of social media detox. I described how sick I am of most social media platforms and that Twitter was the first one I let go of. Well, I am happy to announce that today is the day that I finally deleted Facebook - because I feel that it just does not serve me any longer. I wanted to delete this account for quite some time already and today I finally did. I deleted the account, I deinstalled FB messenger from my phone and I am pretty sure that I am not going to miss Facebook at all. When it comes to social media, less is more. I don't want to refrain from all social media platforms but I'd rather focus on Pinterest and Instagram, I feel they serve me a lot more than Facebook and Twitter ever did.
The problem with Facebook is that it takes the focus away from yourself and instead you often automatically fall into the bad habit of taking a look at what other people do (or at least how they present themselves and their 'perfect' life on Facebook) and every time I fall back into looking at that, comparing my life to their 'perfect life' (even though I know it is not representing what is truly going on) but still, I fall into a big comparison trap and then in consequence feel bad about myself, my choices and decisions from the past and that is just not good for my mental health. I need less distraction in order to better focus on myself and my goals. For a while I enjoyed Facebook because I loved participating in a few groups but these times are over, I had not been online in these groups for at least a year so it is safe to say good bye now. Also I felt like it is time to cut some chords with people from the past, the only thing that kept us 'connected' was Facebook since these friendships have been over for years now, so why hold on to these connections? I don't see any sense in holding on to something that has been over for such a long time already.
I barely communicate with people on Facebook anyways and I hate scrolling through my timeline there. So why should I keep this account then? It is just a waste of time and energy that can be used for something more beneficial for me like improving my skills, working on client and personal projects, blogging and designing, drawing, writing, enjoying nature, cooking and baking, swimming, meeting friends...you see the list of activities is long and a creating a lot more happiness and joy!
I included an eye for today's blog graphic since social media and especially FB feels like big brother is watching you...so the eye that stands for surveillance and stealing your privacy is the right fit for a graphic talking about social media and the problems that occur with the use of it.
I am glad I finally let go of the pressure of being on Facebook, because let's face it, these days Facebook is not needed anymore. There are better ways to communicate with people than Facebook. Facebook had been stressing me pretty much forever, therefore I deleted my first account in 2013, and now it certainly was time to let go of the 'new' account as well.
I write a lot about decluttering and online and digital decluttering are as important as physical and emotional decluttering. I try to go through rounds of physical and emotional decluttering on a regular basis and from now on I want to include regular rounds of digital and online decluttering as well since our digital life has such a big impact on us. Every few weeks I declutter my email inbox and part of digital decluttering also is to let go of social media platforms that don't serve you anymore and to unsubscribe from newsletters you don't care about anymore. It is important for your wellbeing as well to include digital decluttering in order to move on and to focus on yourself.
What are your thoughts about Facebook? Do you use it, do you like Facebook, you think it is beneficial? Or do you agree with me and also say Facebook certainly is the social media platform to let go of?