Several months ago I wrote an article called The Dark Side Of Social Media, which led me to consider making a radical decision I know will bring a positive change into our home.
I would like to share with you 5 reasons why I am choosing to cancel my personal account on Facebook.
Can you tell I like the number 5? I have 5 reasons for everything!
Reason #5: It Wastes Emotional Energy
I find my timeline clogged with people expressing their personal frustration, negativity, and criticism; inciting debates, spewing vulgarity, and slandering politicians; sharing inappropriate personal things that should remain personal and bashing their husbands.
All of which is a waste of my precious time.
But not only a waste of time - it is a waste of emotional energy.
After I have perused all the negativity, I am no longer physically exhausted from chasing a 2 1/2 year old and a 10 month old around, cleaning house, doing laundry, ironing, cooking, washing dishes and doing the 1,000 other things that must be done in a day
now I am emotionally assaulted by the blows of negative, vulgar, and criticism-laden Facebook posts that fill my timeline.
But the negativity aspect isn't the only reason I am canceling my account.
I must do what it takes to let peace abide in my home
Reason #4: It Wastes Precious Time
I find I spend way too much time scrolling through my timeline. Until you find yourself without Internet for a season, you are not aware of how much time you waste on Facebook! A few months ago, while switching Internet companies, we were without Internet for nearly a month. I was amazed at how much extra time I had. And I have felt guilty ever since at how much time is wasted on Facebook.
I want to manage my time wisely
Reason #3: It Gives A False Sense Of Friendship
I have found that many of the friends I have connected with don't really connect. (Being updated on someone's life isn't the same as being in fellowship with that person) One reason why I haven't done this earlier is my fear of losing touch with friends with whom I have reconnected.
People will make time for what is important to them
This truth sprung up in my heart like a fountain and gave me the courage to do what I should have done months ago.
Reason #2: It Has Caused Us To Lose the Art Of Communication
Sadly, we are a generation that does not know how to communicate. At all. We are too lazy to take up pen and paper and write a letter. We don't even email anymore. We don't think about what we are going to say and how to say it. We don't consider how what we are saying might affect the listener or reader.
Many don't even know how to spell or construct grammatically correct sentences.
We have replaced the time we used to spend penning a kind, thoughtful letter and making a trip to the post office with other "more important" tasks. What can be more important than a thoughtful gesture that says, "I was thinking of you and took precious time out of my day to let you know"?
I want to learn to effectively communicate again
Reason #1: It Is a False Sense Of Reality That Distracts From What Is Really Here and Now
Social media is socializing that really isn't socializing. The people on Facebook are not really here with me. But there are people who really are.
My "real-life" friends
But most importantly: My God
It's time to be with those are really here with me right now
Dear Friends - I am keeping my blog account, which will not be used to share personal things, but rather keep people up-to-date with what is happening with A Little R & R. To the right you can connect with me via Twitter, Facebook, Google + and Pinterest.
You may also connect with me via email by visiting my contact page.
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