I have written before about conducting a digital declutter. At the time I removed all unused apps, filed all my emails, organised all my digital files and deleted bookmarks. But at the time I was really struggling to delete Facebook. Although I was using it less and less I was still uploading all my photos to it as a way to store and share them all. I’m into photography after all! But I was still getting that feeling of being disconnected with people – even though the point of Facebook is to be connected to others through status updates, photos and events.
You can read the first article here of how I decluttered my digital life:
So who remembers when Facebook was first launched? I was in my first full time job and my social life was at its busiest. I loved nothing more than uploading photos from nights out, commenting on my friend’s photos and who remembers poking people??? When Facebook first came out it was a fun place to connect with others.
Lately though I have found it to be a hive of animosity, political opinions and I’ve downright seen different sides to people I never thought existed. And not good ones at that!
I don’t want this post to turn into a Facebook bashing but for me using it has started to have a negative effect on me. So I have recently deactivated my account…
Since I deactivated it I have noticed:
- I am texting/calling loved ones more and having a proper catch up and making more plans to meet up.
- I am happier in myself and my life as I am no longer comparing what I’m up to with what others are doing. I’m much more content.
- I’m worrying less about what I look like in photo’s as they won’t be plastered all over the internet for all to see (and judge). Shallow that may be, but I used to hate people putting up photos of me that I didn’t particularly want everyone I have ever known seeing.
- I’ve stopped being bombarded with ‘You have memories on FB’ or ‘On this day’ notifications; which for some reason I could never turn off.
Not being able to see what everyone and their dog is up to has made me a better friend. It’s actually made me feel more connected to others which I didn’t think would happen. Now the only news I hear is from my family and close friends and my mind is all the more happier for it – less noise and less information.
Deactivating Facebook might not be the right decision for all. Some people use it for business or blog related content & some people get joy from it. I just know that for me it has been the right decision and one that I do not regret. Best decision ever.