Iโ€™ve been wanting to delete my fb account, but I realized it has become a second email box, and a good way to stay in contact with friends and family while overseas. Then I read Why I Stopped Using Facebook and it made me think about how I can scale back my time and usage on that damnable site.

This theme of regaining balance has been a goal since I realized how out of sorts my life had become by the end of 2013. I was spending too much time on the computer and not nearly enough on taking care of myself. And now that time off is coming up before starting a new job, Iโ€™ve decided this will be the perfect time to kill bad habits, and create good ones that actually use my time more wisely.

I pride myself on not having an addictive personality. Iโ€™ve never been addicted to alcohol or drugs, but you could say Iโ€™m addicted to coffee. So Iโ€™ve quit coffee many times, unsuccessfully at first, as the headache withdrawals were quite painful, until discovering Teeccino as a substitute which allowed me to gradually withdraw without any migraines.

Then I was like, Why am I quitting? I love coffee. I only drink one cup in the morning, maybe one in the afternoon, every once in a while. I just donโ€™t like the idea of needing something. Ah, screw it, I love coffee.

I think in my attempts to seek balance, I have a tendency to go to the extremes. But I think in order to be successful, I can check social media once or twice a day, instead of checking it when I have few minutes here or there, and be done with it. No feeling deprived. No extremes. Just moderation and time won back from mindless scrolling in attempts to be โ€œcurrentโ€.

The problem with fb is it gives you the illusion you are doing something useful with your time, but maybe after a few minutes, you are not. Itโ€™s become riddled with ads, and recommendations, and uses a strange algorithm that allows for the popular posts to be seen, and the small fry guy and gal, to go unseen. Itโ€™s more of whatโ€™s wrong with our prevailing culture, and less of whatโ€™s right.

Now you could argue, why donโ€™t you just focus on the positive? This idea has become very popular among current culture. The problem with that though is weโ€™ve become more tolerant, and I donโ€™t mean that in a good way either. Weโ€™ve become proficient at tuning out the bullshit. I wish weโ€™d become more proficient at doing away with the bullshit, but weโ€™re a lazy lot.

So in an effort to attain some sort of balance, and well-being in my life, Iโ€™ll have to continue to be vigilant about what is important to me. So Iโ€™m sorry fb, twitter, g+ and digg, itโ€™s time to reclaim a lifestyle of harmony and happiness.

8 replies on “Seeking balance in a social media world.

  1. I agree with the ads, games, and other distractions but I love FB for the milli-second I “catch up” with friends and family back home! Good luck!


    1. I can’t take it anymore! I have too many other things I need to do. Thanks for saying what you think though ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. As a blogger I understand social media is an evil necessity, but I feel I need to use my time more wisely. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Yap. Facebook is getting worse and worse. I only use it to keep up with people, but don’t actually expect to find anything meaningful there. It’s all advertising overwhelming other people’s clamoring for attention and recognition. I prefer WordPress blogs! At least then people are trying to say something meaningful, such as the post above.


  3. I know I spend too much time on all types of social media. I probably am addicted, and I probably could be getting more productive things done with my life. Sigh. You’re a better person than me! Haha.But this should motivate me to do a little better too. :]


    1. Not better. Not better by a long shot ๐Ÿ˜› I have to admit, I’ve been able to scale down my time. I think it’s about becoming more aware of using/wasting time on social media. Some folks use a timed program so that after a certain amount, like 10mins, they are automatically kicked out of youtube or whatever.


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