If you're a friend of mine on Facebook, you might have noticed that I disappeared from your friend's list.
I didn't block you or unfriend you, though many people think that I did.
About a month ago, I deactivated both my Facebook and Instagram.
I did this after tracking how much time I was spending on my phone with the help of the app, Moment. (This post is not sponsored and the app is free).
It was sickening to realize how many hours a day I was spending on my phone, scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. I knew I was on my phone a lot but had no idea I would spend around 5 hours a day on it. Now, I spend less than 10 minutes a day on my phone.
On top of that, I could feel the mental effects social media was having on my brain, which I'll go into more detail below.
Below are 9 reasons I deactivated Facebook, and why you might want to consider it, too.
1. Less B.S. to deal with
Facebook is full of people ready to debate and give their opinions. There was never a day I could scroll through my newsfeed without seeing an argument or someone tagging me in something that made me upset. (100 dogs captured from a basement breeding project!)
Nothing like waking up and seeing that in the morning. I haven't been this happy for so long – and I firmly because it's because I've gotten rid of Facebook.
2. More time to live
Now that I'm no longer spending hours on my phone, I'm living my life. When I go out to restaurants or am hanging out with friends, I don't feel the need to take a bunch of pictures or check-in on Facebook.
I'm spending time having meaningful conversations with friends without any distractions. I'm spending time doing things I love with the people I love.
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Facebook is the farthest thing from privacy. You get to check into places, your friends can tag you at locations you're currently at, and your friends, family, and complete strangers can discover pretty much anything they want to know about you.
People can easily find you in real life, which is actually pretty terrifying if you don't want to be found. (Am I reading too many thrillers?).
4. Less distractions
Working at home means there are constant distractions. It was so easy to stop working on my blog and see if anyone posted anything new on Facebook or Instagram. Now, I'm getting around 9 hours of work done each day without any distractions at all (besides my dogs whining at me for a walk, which I don't mind).
5. Hobbies are back in play
I'm reading. Reading! I haven't read this many books this consistently for so long. I recently bought a Kindle Paperwhite and currently read about 3 books a week. I just finished Stillhouse Lake, My Sister's Grave, and Silent Child. Yes, I'm addicted to mystery/thriller books, so if you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave it in the comments.
I've also been running again and using my Fitbit. I try to hit around 10,000 steps a day and since I work at home, that number can be difficult to hit sometimes.
6. In the moment
#6 is the most important and life-changing benefit I've gotten from ditching social media. I'm learning to live in the moment and loving every second of it. I no longer carry my phone around anywhere, in fact, I almost always leave my phone at home when I'm out with friends or my boyfriend.
I no longer whip my phone's camera out to take photos of everything around me or of my food or dogs. I'm living in the moment and experiencing things naturally without ever thinking, “I need to post about this or take a picture of this!”.
It's so easy to compare yourself to friends and family. On Facebook, everyone seems to be successful and doing great in life. You start to wonder why you're not at a certain point in your life or why you aren't as happy as others. It's easy to get in the comparison mind-game when you're constantly looking at a newsfeed of people posting the best parts of their life.
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Certain employers will peak at your Facebook and do some digging on your social media profiles. I do think everyone has certain things that they wouldn't want an employer to see, and making sure everything is safe all the time can get time-consuming.
I feel as if I've been meditating and practicing yoga every day. My stress levels have dropped tremendously now that the B.S. of Facebook has disappeared from my life.
Deactivating Facebook and Instagram are some of the best decisions I've ever made. It is sad but true, that social media is taking over peoples lives. People aren't living anymore. I challenge you to live in the moment and use the app Moment and tell us in the comments below how many hours a day you're spending on your phone.
Do you currently have a Facebook? What do you think?
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