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.