Yesterday, I permanently deleted my facebook account. I have forever made the choice to go without status updates and liking random pictures, words and articles. I have freed myself from getting sucked into the barrage of white noise that usually fills my day. I have to tell you, this feels GOOD.
When I gave my 24 hour notice via status update, giving people who want to keep in touch via regular e mails, phone calls and snail mail a chance to exchange information with me, I had a mostly unanimous array of messages which basically stated, “Good for you. I wish I could do that. How are you doing that?” Another friend told me he wished he could, but just couldn’t because he relies on facebook for getting work… but if he didn’t worry about work, he’d be right there with me. I understood. I mean, I liked to use facebook to post about new blogs I had written, however, when scanning through my blog stats and looking at where people were actually getting referred to my blog, I noticed that facebook really doesn’t send me that many readers. Most of my readers come from serendipitous random places via other blogs or through the grapevine of people talking about me.
Then, I realized this fundamental truth about my life. I cannot hide from destiny, the opportunities that I seek will find their way to me, and facebook certainly does not make or break the rules of life. Don’t get me wrong, I know I need to put myself out there and I know I need to take action steps to bring forward what I seek. However, relying on facebook as a way to communicate or to be available seems kind of ridiculous.
Also, at this point in my life, my greatest intention is to form truly authentic relationships with myself and with other people. Since my experience of facebook is that it almost requires people to act a certain way, I am turned off to what it offers me in regards to relationship building.
Another person told me that I shouldn’t cancel my facebook account yet because it serves as great training wheels for global consciousness. At an earlier point of my facebook life, I may have agreed with that statement. He went on to say that without facebook, we as a people wouldn’t have had the right information about the Occupy Movement and would have been fed lies by the newscasters which made the protestors look like drunken bums. I thought about that and realized that most of what I learned about that movement actually did not come from facebook. In fact, by the time I heard about it on facebook, I was a little sick of seeing it and was looking for an outlet to feed my brain junk food. Honestly, at the end of the day, I trust myself to think for myself.
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That’s just it. Facebook has become junk food for my brain. For me, I see it became a lazy way to keep in touch with people and ultimately was a HUGE time suck which left me feeling deflated and wondering how I could be better spending my time.
So, I chose to break up with facebook. It really wasn’t that hard and I’m surprisingly not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms.