My 6 week hiatus from Facebook starts today. On November 8th...I may or may not be back.
There are a lot of things that I love about Facebook....like the constant flow of pictures, instant communication, etc. It feels like we are all so connected. But a few problems arise for me in this new way of "communicating" with our loved ones.
- "Talking" on Facebook often replaces real face to face interaction. We feel like we are connecting....like we are in touch. But nothing can replace actually seeing someone and being able to give them a hug. Hearing someone's voice is also more meaningful than typing words.
- For some of us (by this I mean ME), Facebook has become a bit of an obsession. If I have one second of downtime and my phone is near...I'm checking Facebook. I'm not sure why I feel the need to fill every minute of my time staring at an inanimate object while there is life happening all around me. That has got to stop.
- There is a bit of a competition happening on Facebook. Who is doing the coolest thing? Who is the most interesting?....successful?....has the cutest kids?...and the list goes on. It can be exhausting.
I know not everyone has these issues with Facebook but I do...and I want to get them in check.
SO...I'm going to be living my life, interacting with those around me more, filling my empty time with reading, art, talking or even silence and reflection. I'm signed up for a new art class that I am excited about.
I will be posting on my blogs so the only Facebook interaction you will see from me in the next 6 weeks will be the automatic updates that Facebook receives when I update this blog or the family site. Feel free to leave comments on my blogs...I still love those.
Go out there and live the life you should be living...if you are...AMAZING...if you aren't...CREATE IT!