Social Media Unplugging

I’ve realized recently several of my friends have shutdown from social media or more specifically – Facebook. What all of them say when this happens is: Facebook took up too much of my time. For someone who keeps up with Facebook pretty well I find that hard to understand.

For me, social media, is something I dip into and then move on. One time I might spend 20 minutes and then I might only spend 5 minutes here or there over the next week. Social media only has to take up as much time as you want it to. I’ve always told people, you can have a Facebook account and never ever post on it or look at it. Or you could check it out once a week and ignore it the rest of the time. There is no requirement for checking out Facebook.

However maybe there is something I’m simply missing. Maybe some people simply can’t resist spending all their free time on Facebook. If that’s the case then I completely understand logging off but deleting your account is a big step I think, it means you’ve removed forever all your memories and this great connection to all your friends.

Deleting your Facebook account comes across to me as more of an aggressive move, one that means something went down, something big. Maybe you put something out there you didn’t mean to and instinctively shut down your entire profile. Maybe you were just so overwhelmingly sick of everything and everyone on Facebook that you just wanted to digitally burn the whole thing down. Maybe the concept of it all is just not for you and you just want to walk away.

Either way, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around, especially the “it takes up too much time.” In the end, I lose some updates and pictures from a friend that I love and I’m sad about that.

4 Comments

  1. Krys

    June 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I think that if I ever deleted my Facebook, it would be because I was sick of everyone and everything on it. Some people will literally post anything. I have hidden several people who constantly posted nothing but bad stuff. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. Also the drama-makers. Can’t stand them either. I swear, most of the time I log in and it’s like I am in high school again.

    With that being said, I agree wholeheartedly with what you’re saying about time. I check on whats going on and then I am out of there. Social media doesn’t rule me.

    1. Robin

      June 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

      I agree with everything, some people are drama queens on there and some just live on a soap box. I just feel when people say they leave FB because it wastes too much time it’s kind of a cop out.

  2. Tara

    June 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    It doesn’t have to be something big. And there are other ways to keep in touch. 🙂

    1. Robin

      June 18, 2015 at 5:51 am

      It’s true but paper rarely do. My friend who went off in October I had no idea until I texted her.

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