I had been a member of Facebook since 2000 and it was not until recent events that I realised that there was no longer a place for it in my life.
a chance to experience what life is like in a post-Facebook world…
Back toward the end of July me and my family set off for our first family holiday in 6 years. If you have read my earlier post “Cornwall or Bust” you will know the events that had taken place. Despite all of the emotional ups and downs I never once touched Facebook and felt a need to share my status. I had spent two weeks in the South of England and with the sunshine and fantastic scenery of the Cornish coastline I was able to “unplug” from the online existence that would otherwise occupy all of our waking hours and enjoy the real world…
I found that Facebook was if anything extremely addictive, so much so that it can take over your life, interfere with you work and soak up the precious hours you could have been doing something more useful instead. The other thing I noticed is that despite the number of “friends” I had no one rarely got a response to anything I posted.
Kicking the habit
Now I know that de-activating an account isn’t the same as deleting it in it’s entirety and can be seen as a “cop out”. However, I think it is an important step as it gives you a chance to experience what life is like in a post-Facebook world…
Well for one just look at all that “free” time you now have at your disposal. Now that you are no longer a slave to checking for updates and requests you can actually do something for yourself.
I recently inherited a Kindle and while I like reading real books I took the opportunity to download some ebooks and catch up on some long overdue reading.
I have also rekindled my interest in photography. Just before going to Cornwall I acquired several 35mm compact cameras (Olympus Trip 35, Yashica ME35 and a Nikkormat FT2n) and I started experimenting in shooting 35mm film which some people consider to be hip or retro.
If you’re afraid your whole world will collapse on leaving Facebook then it is time for some home truths…
- No-one really reads or cares about your updates.
- Your Facebook “friends” are not true friends in the sense of the word but are merely acquaintances which is a different thing entirely. Just because you know or meet someone doesn’t automatically make them your friend.
- No-one will notice that you’ve left Facebook. It’s sad but true that we are all centred on ourselves and take no notice of people on the fringes of our social circle.
- If people really want to contact you they should still have your email address, mobile or phone number and can call or text you if they need to speak to you.
- The world doesn’t stop turning just because you’ve quit Facebook. Life goes on!
So bye bye Facebook I’m sorry to leave but I’ve outgrown you and don’t need you anymore. I’ve got my life back…
Isn’t it time you got yours..?