Don't let the title fool you- I have NOT banished all social media from my life. What I have done is eliminate the most toxic and time-consuming of the platforms from my life:
good ol' FACEBOOK.
I am now over a month out from deleting my Facebook account and I do not miss it in the least. Here are the thoughts that led to my decision to erase FB from my life...
Hobby or Habit? Perusing Facebook truly became a habit- not one that I particularly enjoyed and I sure wasn't proud of it. I kept in touch with so few of my "friends" on facebook so I was essentially providing life details via social media to those who don't actually want to know.
Politics. I can't tell you how many "friends" I deleted during the last election. Not because of differences in political views but because of the keyboard cowards looking for a fight. When wrapped up in an issue it can be easy to forget that there is a person behind ideas. I don't force my views on anyone else (except my family, sorry guys) and I don't want to be forced to hear yours.
Negative Nancy. It goes without saying that everyone has problems and some people take to social media to express their frustrations. I, for one, have been guilty in the past of venting through the blog. It is really difficult to filter feelings but self-preservation is important.
False Happiness. Happiness Filterers are another issue. These people brag about how amazing their lives are. Many people aren't able see what is happening, but as a high school teacher, I see how false happiness affects the adolescent psyche. It creates an unachievable level of happiness. Particularly during a time in life where hormones and emotions run rampant. Happiness filterers affect everyone, not just teenagers! I would be lying if I said I never felt jealous of the perceived happiness of some of my Facebook friends- and I KNOW better.
As a culture, we have become obsessed with the lives of others. I have decided to take one step towards a simpler life where I feel, truly feel, every moment that passes. I don't ever want to take for granted the goodness in my life.