My Facebook Sabbatical: How a Social Media Cleanse Gave Me New Perspective and More Insight on the Important Things In Life

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  1. It seems ironic I was directed to this blog post through Facebook. I do tend to agree with what you say. There’s a lot of negativity on Facebook now. It seems more than usual & its been this way for a while now. Perhaps its the political primaries. I dont know. What I do know is if its this bad now, its going to only be that much worse once a candidate is chosen from each political party. Ive had to take short breaks myself. Havent been very successful sticking w/ it but might need to give it another shot

    1. Ha. Well, what can I say? I actually haven’t been back on Facebook yet, but I did recently set up my blog to auto-post new blog entries at a given time on social media. Plus, and I mentioned this within the blog itself, I don’t have anything against Facebook. Facebook is a tool, but, as the data shows again and again, it is very addictive. We’re not all addicted in an equal fashion. Some people stay on Facebook. Others are more casual users. But, even the casual users are probably on there more than they would like to admit (or more than they realize, may be more apt to say).

      I totally agree with you on the growing negativity within the newsfeed itself. I think the political primaries have something to do with it, but I also think it was Facebook’s incorporation and tweaking of the current events newsfeed in the sidebar that has created this sort of hyper-polarization of issues. Side A meet Side B. Ding.

      It’s like sitting down at Thanksgiving dinner with your family and one of your relatives throwing out raw meat to the wolves by bringing up politics. Great idea.

      Or that same relative finding (or trying to convert) something/anything into a political topic.

      I can hide my relative in the closet and shove an oversized cloth napkin in his or her mouth, but should I have to do that?

      Honestly, I don’t even care what someone’s political beliefs are. I’m used to disagreeing politically with just about everyone I meet or am related to, no matter what side of the aisle they belong. The problem is that too many people, and naturally it’s the loudest ones, have lost the decency and kindness factor in discussing current events and/or political topics.

      Best of luck on your sabbatical if you go that route. Totally disconnect from Facebook. Experience the quiet. Once you get about three weeks under your belt, you find you need to scratch the itch less.

      1. I think I will. I have finals coming up so what better time. Maybe itll get rid of that dirty feeling I have when I log off each time. I dont know how to explain it really but there is like this disappointing feeling when I log off Facebook. Its like my body knows I just wasted valuable time or something when I couldve been doing something better

        1. I completely understand what you are saying about the ‘dirty feeling.’ That’s a solid description actually. An example is this: let’s say I sit down with my phone in my hand. Fifteen or twenty minutes later I realize I’ve just wasted 15 or 20 minutes. Doing what? Just scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. As someone who enjoys running, I catch myself thinking in those times: I could have just run two or three miles at a 7:30 pace. But I didn’t. I just sat on my a– doing nothing, which is of course okay sometimes. It’s just not okay to me as much as I find myself in this situation.

          Best of luck on your finals. And thank you for reading and leaving a reply.

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