Personal Challenge: Facebook Diet

11 Jun

DH has been telling me for ages that Facebook is of the devil.  I have laughed him off, I have raised my eyebrows at him, and otherwise have simply ignored his sentiment.

However, in light of recent events, where I am on the verge of walking away from relationships because of their candor on Facebook that they are unwilling to have with me in person, over the phone, or even in text, I find myself questioning the validity of DH’s statement.

Granted, on one side, I would be living in happy, if not ignorant, bliss never knowing that people I care about do not reciprocate.  I never would have caught “friends” in a lie were it not for Facebook. 

On the other side, I HAVE caught “friends” in lies- blatant, black and white, no denying them- and then suffered the pain from their obvious lack of concern over those lies, and I am simply tired of the drama.

Facebook has been an incredible avenue for me to stay connected, especially now that I go to school online and work from home.  Facebook has allowed me to network my son’s push to earn his own money.  Facebook has allowed me to share my thoughts and opinions with both like-minded and diverse-minded friends and acquaintances scattered to the four corners of the earth.

Yet, I simply find it more annoying and more stressful than uplifting and enlightening.

So, my challenge to myself is to cut way back on Facebook.  During the next three months, as we transition from one home to another, I have the perfect opportunity to walk away from it. 

Let it sit.  Let it change from a lifeline as I have found it to be, to a mere avenue of contact.  

I am not going to delete my account- I have too many valuable relationships connected to the account.   I am going to delete a lot of information on the account.  I am going to take down the majority of pictures.   I am going to “clean it up” as much as I can.  I am deleting the FB app from my phone.  Finally, I am only going to allow myself to check my account for messages and comments once a week. 

Once we are settled at our new home, maybe the Facebook Diet will be changed.  Maybe not.  We shall see.  🙂

In the meantime, I hope to focus more on blogging- making this more of my avenue to share.  That will also challenge me to choose more carefully the words I type, the thoughts I intend to convey, and hopefully will be much more healthy for myself and anyone who reads this.

As always, your prayers are appreciated.  Leaving a social media website that has been addicting for so many years is as hard as stopping biting nails (in my case)…  I will need the prayer support for sure! 

God bless!

2 Responses to “Personal Challenge: Facebook Diet”

  1. Christina Borden 13 June 2013 at 9:24 PM #

    I can hardly believe the year is half gone already. All these goals and transitions that we have set to make… Frankly, I thought sharing many of them via FB would help me stick to my "resolutions." Instead, I have found myself more discouraged. It is not easy—Here I am, just on day two, and I am itching to catch up on everyone else's life. FB, ANY social media outlet, is so addicting…. and so dangerous. You are right, it takes some discipline. Like you, I am hoping I can discipline myself to stick to it. 🙂

  2. Mandi H. 11 June 2013 at 11:47 AM #

    I've been trying to do the same thing…FB has a crazy hold on me that I am slowly breaking. 2013 has been an unplugging kind of year for me but I wish I was more disciplined to stay unplugged longer.

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