Some time ago I got motivated to change my life for the better. I started wondering, where do I begin and it suddenly hit me – Facebook! There’s that sinkhole that eats free time away. It violates my privacy and clears my memory blank on how to communicate with human beings vocally, vividly, normally. The easiest way to escape the problem is to solve it!
Join me on this journey.
7 REASONS TO QUIT FACEBOOK
1. Attention maniac
I travel a lot. I do photography a lot. And one day when I was trying to take a picture somewhere in the middle of the Spain I caught my mind on one obsessive though whether or not I will get “likes” from my friends and comments! And how wide my smile should be to get more and more attention? I love comments! Wait a minute?! What?! “So you actually travel across the globe, admiring the new wonders of life from its difference of perspective just to post pieces of it for your 2000 friends’ amusement ?!” – I told myself and was amazed how stupid it sounded. And yes, I declared myself an attention maniac. I didn’t like the way it sounded. So I’m in the process of changing it.
2. Photoshop your life
A great waste of time on Facebook is when people spend their precious time to photoshop/add a filter to almost each picture taken to make their life seem more than it actually is. May I just skip the part when I gush and tell how ridiculous of a time waster that is? And why would anybody want to photoshop their life? So anybody else would feel worse in comparison?! I Guess so. But if that trend is strong enough then there will be one day when somebody else’s life will seem more interesting, more successful than the one you have… And you will spend huge amounts of time admiring their adventures, travel stories and their moments of brilliance instead of creating your own…
3. Employer check
“Pictures of last night ended up online – we’re screwed…” How many of you guys wake up on Sunday morning just to discover some wild pictures from last night “Hangover” type on Facebook ?! How much time did you spend untagging yourself from this nightmare? What would your boss say if you were seen on the top of the table dancing your tush off half naked?! Imagine that. Do you really have that extra time to worry about such nonsense?!
4. Friendship that matters
Ever wondered why life has a tendency to cross some people away from your picture? There is a good reason for that. So why would you desperately want some people who have nothing to do you with you of today only because you shared some old memories 10 or even 20 years ago to be back in your life?! What’s the purpose?
Keep in touch with those who matter the most in your life.
5. Social for real
I failed to remember when was the last time I actually gathered together with my friends on a weekly basis. What happened?! What amazed me the most is a response of one of my Facebook friends Kat on one of my emails. I asked how she was doing and all that I received in reply was simple: “Check my Facebook updates! Everything is there so nothing is the mystery”. So Kat, no offense, in a reply here I will just say that I value the friendship that matters and those who have 2 sec to call me back just for the sake of it. That’s why Not only I get rid of old clutter once in 6 months I also getting rid of highly unsociable “friends” 😉
6. TMI (too much of information)
I will not be the first who will say how ridiculous some posts in the news on Facebook are. So here is a simple question: how badly do you crave for an unnecessary information overload? How badly do you have to know if your cousins daughter have peed all over the map with more photos on subject to come? How badly do you need to know how many drinks your younger brother had consumed last Friday night? If somebody has no idea how to stop this madness of sharing every little detail of their daily life at least respect yourself enough to gain the control on the amount of incoming useless and unnecessary information!
7. Time waste
The greatest thief in your life is a bad time management. More on that in our previous post.
4 STEPS TO QUIT FACEBOOK
1. I have an announcement to make
First of all, make sure you make an announcement so your friends are aware of your desire to no longer be a time waster. Make a post. State the reason. Share it.
2. Save the contacts
Make sure you found the time in your day to save the contacts or any other valuable information.
3. Deactivate or delete?!
There is a difference. Deactivation of your page is a temporary matter. Deletion – once and for good. Which step is more appealing to you is completely up to you.
4. Click and decide.
Now when you learned the difference between deactivation and permanent deletion of your Facebook profile there is one thing left to do. Click and decide to be free from time wasting land. Here is the link which will make you Facebook free!
My sister had an experiment. She deactivated her Facebook profile for the summer period. First she felt the urge to come back after two days of silence to check some updates, statuses and pictures of friends. Then she just stated the fact that she will not be manipulated by that silly habit anymore. So the fear of losing friends and not being invited to any parties or fun events – gone completely. None of that ever happened. She created a limited circle of those friends who stayed in touch with her even after she quit Facebook for good. And my sister cannot be happier about it! You can be happy as well. Choose a wise time management over a time wasting. You have a freedom to be yourself here and now…