It’s been two weeks now since I last had the Facebook app on my phone and used the social media brainwashing tool on a regular basis and I gotta say, i’m feeling so much better for it. Aside from sending a few messages and sharing blog posts, I’ve not really missed it. My mind feels far less stressed and consumed by things out of my control. My books are getting a fantastic workout. There is more time to go to the gym or head out for a jog and I get to embrace more time with my other half. I’ve also taken to keeping off news websites for similar reasons. To be honest, I’m a bit over hearing about Donald Trump every hour of the day. Honestly, can you all just get the fuck over moaning about a guy who isn’t as bad and evil as the mainstream media and Facebook meme’s would have you believe?
One of the greatest improvements to my lifestyle has indeed been my sleeping patterns. Not having a phone nearby has allowed me to sleep without getting caught up in Facebook debates about politics, religion and sport. It’s great. And let’s be honest here. There are a considerable number of stupid people using social media perhaps, on too regular a basis. Did you hear about that daft English girl who got offended because a Virgin rail worker called her honey? Yes, how dare he/she say such a word. Reading this article on the BBC news site made me cringe and wince with pain at the thought of how precious people have become. Everybody seems to get offended about nothing these days. And if there is nothing to be offended over, they will concoct a bullshit story like our obtuse friend on the Virgin train in England.
The other advantage of weening oneself off Facebook is that you become more productive with your time. You know what it’s like. Saturday morning. You wake up. What do you do? Yep, spending an hour or two on fucking Facebook scrolling through peoples food and selfie shots. Now, i’m able to get up straight away and be more productive with my mornings off work. We simply waste too many hours in our week on Facebook. Does it enlighten us? Not really. Does it inspire us to do great things? Perhaps but again, not really. If you look at the stats from recent years, education levels in schools are dropping, our society is getting fatter and our facts are now taken from meme’s created by completely deluded fools who make up any old shit and whack it onto a photo of some famous person they know little about and it becomes “fact”. Mesmerizing ain’t it?
The greatest irony of Facebook as a social media platform is that it is in fact, killing our social skills. So often now, I see people out and about with friends, lovers or families and more often than not, they all sit in cafes and restaurants staring at phones, incapable of actually holding valid conversations. Yesterday afternoon on my lunch break, I noticed a young couple who spent their whole time staring blankly into their smart phones. Not once in the thirty minutes that I was there did either of them look up and exchange words or glance at each other. Perhaps they were just chatting on messenger? Can you see how dysfunctional social media is now making us all? Sad innit?
Perhaps you could start a no smart phone challenge this week? Maybe put your phones away after 6 pm each day for a week and pick them up the next morning. Buy an alarm clock if you have to. Just try your best not to touch your phones. Or, you could even take the giant step of deleting the social media applications off your phone altogether? Imagine life without the need to star at a screen all the way to and from work? Go on, give it a shot. See how you go. You never know, you may even enjoy life more without Facebook playing a heavy role in your day to day life?