Yes, I said it. I’m done with Facebook. It’s been kind of fun to see the different reactions, like I decided to give up eating or drinking or something! After I make sure I have all the pictures on my computer, it’s bye bye Facebook, and here’s why.
I’m not trying to be “radical” or anything. I just have been realizing my propensity to waste time on it perusing pictures and statuses that really bring no benefit to my life really. I also have a tendency to think that just because I saw what someone posted on their facebook I know what is going on in their life. The reality? I have no idea. People can post whatever they want, so we have no way to know what is really going on in their hearts. And because I have this false sense of relationship with them, I don’t go out of my way to engage them in conversation about how they are really doing and don’t ask questions and get to know more about them.
Also, as a new stay at home mom, I get lonely. Some might say “oh then you should keep facebook so you can talk to your friends.” I have learned that after spending even 20 minutes on facebook, I tend to feel lonelier, because I see someone else hanging out with a friend or having a play date, or even just friends that I haven’t talked to in a long time and it makes me sad. So without the distraction of facebook, it will be natural encouragement to call up a friend to get coffee or have a playdate or even just email someone and find out how they’re doing. I would much rather read a personal email meant specifically for me than a simple status update meant for no one in particular.
Finally, there are so many things vying for my attention in this season of life, and I only have one child! My job right now is to raise my daughter and make sure our home is a place of Shalom (peace and rest) for our family. Facebook definitely does not help me do that. In fact, it only hinders my attempts by sucking away time and energy, and gives me nothing in return.
Social media has its benefits, but it’s hard to ignore that the more prominent it is, the less real human interaction we are getting, and I’m done. Give me real relationships or none at all! 🙂
I do have twitter and I’ll keep this blog so subscribe if you want to continue to have a false sense of idea what’s going on in our lives (just joking! kind of…)