Each Monday when I plan my week ahead I jot down a few goals. They include visiting the gym, drinking water and not just tea, making time to read, eating healthily and having two FB-free days. I list these things every week because I know if I stick to them I’m a much happier person. Gym, water, relaxing and eating well – yes all pretty obvious.
But for alot of people giving up social media for two days a week isn’t on their to-do list. The reason it is a priority on mine is because I’ve realised how much calmer and downright happier I feel when I’m living in the actual moment instead of trying to document it to an audience online. I feel more peaceful when I’m enjoying a weekend and just being there rather than reading what everyone is doing on theirs.
I’m not running down FB – I still log on most days and catch up, like, comment and enjoy seeing what others are up to but I don’t feel the need to be online as much as I used to. I also find myself posting so much less. It may sound weird but I don’t feel like sharing as much as I used to.
Yesterday I logged on, checked in and instantly regretted it. I hadn’t posted in a while and could have continued as a quiet visitor but felt like adding something – no idea why. However, unlike when I blog or catch up on other blogger’s news, I didn’t feel like I’d added anything to my day. In fact I probably lost a chunk of time staring mindlessly at my phone. For no reason.
Over time I’ve realised that on FB you get those who just collect comments and likes but never reciprocate to anybody else online. Then get snarky when you don’t like or comment after a while. Or people who like to air everything they are going through online. Or those who constantly post every few hours with quotes or thoughts that are guaranteed to get a reaction. Then update “don’t like it, don’t read it” posts when they get a reaction. Or those who proudly and constantly state how smug they are to be anti-social whilst using social media to post this.
I’m tired. My timeline is tired and when I discovered the unfollow option a while ago I found that to be more of a highlight than logging on and catching up!
What about you? What are your views on FB and do you ever take a social media break?