I read this quote today, it states, "You never know when an act will start a ripple effect towards making someone feel special." Facebook has made a ripple effect negatively in many people's lives. A colleague got divorced because of Facebook, his wife reconnected with an old high school friend and they started developing a relationship which caused her to separate from her spouse. My close friend, who doesn't use Facebook much, lost a relationship because several men posted something on her wall and he got jealous. And so on. People can 'read into' something that isn't truly depicted in a typed 5 word sentence.
There's a commercial on television that shows a twenty-something year old sitting at her laptop talking about how her parents only have 60 friends, when she has over 650 friends on Facebook, while the parents are out on their bicycles trail-riding with a group of friends. Where is this world going? I find myself stuck, surfing on Facebook when I realize an full hour has passed, not realizing the time got away from me. My life is passing before my eyes and I don't even realize it because of Social Media. Facebook doesn't depict what or who I am. Why am I expecting it to depict others lives? It doesn't show the truth about people's lives. My life is much richer outside of Facebook, so I ask myself, why am I on it?
These are the reasons:
- because I find events to attend that I can't find in the newspaper,
- people like reading my daily Health Tip Posts,
- to keep my business pages up to date, and
- I post my workouts (not really a big reason why I stay on it).
I am setting a new challenge for myself, starting right now, 8:00 AM, I am cutting off from Facebook. Let's see how long it lasts. I will blog post my feelings, tendencies, reactions and concerns without having Facebook as a presence in my life.
Let's see how it goes.