Ever need to get away from it all and unplug for a little bit?
Two weeks ago I decided to just go ahead and do it, and I couldn’t be happier about my decision. Now I’m not talking about completely disconnecting from my online life, that’d be crazy!! Baby steps, people! But… I did deactivate my personal Facebook account and haven’t been online as much since doing that. Notice I didn’t say “delete” my Facebook account. Of course I’ll be back again at some point, I think?
The last couple of years I’ve become a bit addicted to Facebook. I’m always on it, even if I’m not interacting. Not that that really bothers me too much. I thoroughly enjoy the online friendships and it’s a great place to keep in touch with old friends, and family. I’m the type that loves to know all about you, wants to see your kids, your pets, your selfies, and your daily activities….in a non-stalkery sort of way…. yeah, yeah, let’s go with that. I’m also the type that will look in your windows if you leave your curtains open though…in a non-pervy way of course *ahem*. I suppose this is one of the reasons I enjoy self-portraits so much, it’s an extra glimpse into the lives of others.
Every time I’ve thought about taking a break I’d come up with a couple of reasons why I couldn’t, these were easy excuses for me to use to stay connected.
- I’ll lose touch with everyone.
- If I deactivate or delete my personal page, my other pages will automatically go inactive as well.
I have a few Facebook pages, including the one attached to this blog that is run by my personal page. I didn’t want to lose those and couldn’t see how to keep one without the other.
So I posed the question on Facebook asking if anyone knew a way around this, thankfully a few friends did and were able to show me the loophole. Once I knew how to do it it took me a few days to convince myself that it was for the best.
See, as much as I love seeing all the good that everyone is up to, it also comes with all the bad negative drama as well. If you have Facebook you know what I’m talking about. *cough, cough* Politics…among other things.
One of the first things I do in the morning is check all of my online accounts, Facebook being one of them. Most mornings I’d checked it just to read the messages I received, but then I’d see my news feed and get sucked in. I would start to scroll through some stuff, skip some other stuff, read some comments, and more comments, and conversations, and before I knew it I’d be over an hour in and extremely annoyed with myself for wasting so much time on reading news I couldn’t give two shits about. Not the best way to start the day, and not the way I wanted to spend any free time I had throughout the afternoons and evenings.
At the moment, I don’t miss it at all! I still chat with my friends and family, only now it’s on my blogs Facebook page, and instead of my news feed being filled with negativity and dumb fucking Minion memes, seriously with the Minion memes… STOP! It makes zero sense to post a photo of a Minion with a deep and meaningful fucking quote!
Let me indulge a bit on this pet-peeve. Why in the fuck would these quotes need a Minion with them?!!! Grrrrrr…..
This one however…perfectly acceptable!
Tangent there… what was I saying?
Oh yeah, now I get to log onto my blogs Facebook page, read messages and chat, and only see whatever I post there, no negative BS, not my friends or family bickering, no news reports filled with all the bad stuff going on in this world. In this case….ignorance is a bit blissful.
Of course, I’m still a social media whore….but now I’m a happier one. Nothing better than a happy whore, am I right?
You know where to find me….here at the Blog, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, G+, Email, Smoke signals, Ouija board, AshleyMadison.com… I’m kidding, just seeing if you’re paying attention!
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