I’m breaking up with Facebook

facebook iconIt’s not you, it’s me. Six months ago I joined Facebook for reals, and I have to tell you it’s just not for me.

I’m not a super connected person with a Twitter or Instagram account, mostly because I don’t have a smartphone (it’s a flippy and she doesn’t text), which is a blessing in disguise because my kids do not associate me with looking down at my phone a lot and I want to keep it this way.

I have been lucky to stay out of any nasty FB comment fray, but I feel less fulfilled when I am looking through posts. I was recently talking to a friend about how FB is great for blog exposure, but the connections I’m making are no deeper than the surface level and I crave more human connection.

The only value has been adding readers to my blog, but I cannot get over the fact it’s weirdly taking away from feeling connected to the world.

I would rather focus on the people I am actually really truly friends with and foster those relationships than spend time “liking” photos and “shaking” FB.

I actually have weird dreams after seeing Facebook friends’ posts. In my dream I see the people in real life, but they act like they don’t know me.  There’s the crux of it, it seems like you know people on Facebook, but I really don’t.  FB has not changed my world for the better and while I see there are SO many advantages to staying connected… I think I’m the odd duck who doesn’t want this kind of connection.  It’s not enjoyable for me.

In order to feel fulfilled and happy, I need a deeper connection.

I prefer emailing my friends (obviously) if a phone call or in-person visit isn’t going to happen in the near future.  At the very least I thought FB would let me see pictures of friends and family who live far away, and it does, but this doesn’t mean the same people cannot email me pictures too (which is what I have done with my friends for years and years).

If you do a quick google search on how Facebook impacts overall happiness, the news is not good. I think about what truly makes me happy, fills me with gratitude and love and FB is the major outlier – I am not feeling the FB love.  Sorry.

However, the blog will continue – so if you want to subscribe or even send me a personal email – please do!  You can email me through the blog!  I love hearing what’s on your mind and sharing conversation.  Please do not be shy!

Signing off….

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