I’m opening a can of worms.
To have or not to have Facebook seems to be a topic in conversations the last few years. We can all relate, we’ve all been in one. It’s a topic that can even turn ugly believe it or not. SO. MANY. MEMES. have taken over the internet of life after Facebook. Admittedly, some of them are actually quite funny, but they didn’t convince me enough in the end.
how you going to keep in touch
it’s a good birthday reminder
boooring, you’ll be back
These are popular responses to the “I’m thinking of closing my account” statement.
“I’ll leave it for a week and see how things go” and the start of life without it begins. Towards the end of the week you actually feel like you could do without, but as soon as the week is over, you are scrolling down the news feed when you wake up, have lunch, and again before bed. You realize something isn’t healthy about it, and soon find yourself debating whether or not you are finally going to give it up, again. It’s a cycle of mixed feelings. We love and hate it.
I like Facebook. I think it’s a great way of staying in the loop of basically everything, at any time. It really is nice seeing how people are doing. Heck, you can even learn a thing or two. Thank you, 5 Minute Crafts. There is nothing wrong with using it.
There are so many positive sides to Facebook, we can talk about it for hours. It’s why we all use it as well as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Snap Chat, WeChat, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Google+, Skype, a new thing called Tik Tok, the list is endless – and that’s exactly my point. Is it reeeally necessary for me to be on many social media platforms?
I don’t want to hate on Facebook, and I’m not calling it evil, but I feel conflicted about it to a point where I felt I had no choice but to explain. In today’s day, I dare not close my Facebook account without giving a reason.
So I’m going to bite the bullet and cut to the chase. What I originally signed up using Facebook for I only, or 90% of the time, see on Instagram. For now, it is a happy space.
Nope. It wasn’t that simple.
It boiled down to the enormous quantity of negative content floating around. There is no control over what and even who you might come across. I don’t like being reminded of certain memories. I feel it is not always necessary to publicly humiliate companies over petty things that can be handled personally – no one is perfect.
And lastly, I really hate that it’s become a platform for jokes about serious things like mental health, illness, abortions, people’s appearance, and religion – it’s called mutual respect.
It all just became distracting in my everyday life and if I’ve learned anything, that’s not a good thing.
In a nutshell, there is no good enough reason for me to hold onto something if it doesn’t spark joy – thank you, Marie Kondo.
Am I getting old? Wiser, maybe.
PS: Quitting Facebook isn’t the end of my social media run, I LOVE using this blog, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest as creative outlets, to share all the things I love.
PPS: I’m kicking it old school, birthdays and important dates are written in my diary.
Cheers, see you on the flip side : )