30 Days Without Facebook

Hello! First blog ever and I’m doing something that I hope other people will try too. Thirty days without Facebook. I don’t know how many people are like me, but Facebook is a HUGE distraction in my life. It’s also a source of discomfort reading so much negativity, comparing lives, Etc…who knew the future would bring an online world that condensed thousands of people into one place where although you can’t actually hear each other’s voices, you feel the hate, anger and self righteousness through your computer screen with hundreds of angry comments and reactions. Violent videos popping up, false news articles, online bullying and smear campaigns, passive aggressiveness galore; Facebook can be downright toxic. And the distraction part…Once I start scrolling, I don’t stop sometimes for more than an hour (those are the rare “kids-free” days where I find myself mostly shacked up in my room, basking in the comforts of no nagging, sibling rivalry or mom duty in my big soft warm bed.) What could I be doing with my time though? What is something more productive and beneficial I could be doing even in only five minutes of staring at my Newsfeed? I’m going to write my experience with this, and hopefully it will inspire others to try it too!

Week 1

Accomplishments so far after deleting FB. Well this blog for starters! Writing is a passion of mine and I have a hard time finding the focus and motivation to start. Apparently deleting the toxic FB world out of my daily routine has given me a little motivational push? I folded all my laundry yesterday. SCORE! Does anyone else accumulate a mountain of clothes that migrates around the house until you’re tired of looking at it? No? Oh…

I still have Snapchat and Instagram…I continue to use those, but those weren’t my issue so I am not worried. I find myself clicking on those apps out of boredom, the familiar habit of going through all the social media apps is still there, but since FB isn’t there it takes up way less time. A couple minutes compared to 20 minutes and way less of an urge to check. It feels strange after making it such an integral part of my life for so long, but I definitely have more time to focus on other things! I am excited!

To be continued…