I stopped using Facebook 26 days ago to see if it would make a difference in my life. By ‘stopped’ I mean I uninstalled the app from my mobile and stopped checking Facebook, commenting, liking and browsing endless, pointless statuses. I also culled over 50% of my friends list. I tell you, it has been great!
For me the Facebook experience has always been a little hit and miss. I am not one for posting a status update every day of the week and I am definitely not one to share a personal conversation with my wife over my Facebook status, nor would I bore you with my bowel movements on Monday or what my cat was licking yesterday afternoon. You laugh! Read what your Facebook friends are posting.
So after 26 days I have not missed … seeing dozens of Facebook adverts of stuff that I don’t want, or friend invites to games that I would never play or photographs of … babies, cats, dogs, wild animals being hunted into extinction, birds, plates of food, cups of coffee, memes, cars, motor bikes, google maps showing airport check-ins…
… not to mention all the sad sob stories of ill people who need one hundred thousand likes to make them better or “copy my status and post on yours so my sick friend(s) can get better” (seriously!), or nasty, vile comments from folk who have nothing better to do than ridicule or hate over Trump, BREXIT, Boris, May etc. and anything that is remotely positive in this world.
A friend once became my Facebook friend, only to remove me after a few weeks. When I asked why they said, “You don’t post enough on Facebook“. Like huh! What is not enough? Excuse me if I don’t post what I ate last night for dinner or what the beautiful, packed motorway looks like in the morning.
I guess that was a reality check or perhaps it was the beginning of my decision to use Facebook less.
FACT: I have missed seeing what my immediate family and friends are up too, but given my wife is still friends with most of them, I still get the occasional bit of gossip or so and so just did this or that. ? The fact is family and friends are guilty of all of the above things that I have grown to dislike. I know most mean well and its nice to share. I like sharing as well, but everything in moderation.
It is early days and I may or may not quit Facebook completely. I did a purge of friends today. I have reduced my friend list by almost 50% so perhaps this will improve my experience of the Zuckerberg’s social network, although I doubt it!
If you want to get hold of me and have been communicating via Facebook in the past, you can Facebook messenger me, Email, Twitter, Google+, Whats’app, Telegram or email me and if you are lucky enough to have my mobile, well then phone me!
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We are Mike and Jo Bowen. Originally from South Africa, we now live & work in the United Kingdom. Mike is the blogger, beer drinker, gadget man, reviewer and Jo is the proofreader, wine drinker, cat lady, sanity checker and “don’t you dare put that on lookatbowen.com“. Together we travel the world and have fun wherever possible. If you are new to this website and want to know more about us, check out the the longer version.
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