Facebook Fatigue

I’ve been taking a break from Facebook. I really should have done this during the election season. It felt very toxic then. It is a relief not to be taking in the constant chatter of     hundreds.

It is a relief not to be formulating pithy status updates in my mind as I go about my activities of daily living.

It is a relief not to feel obligated to read, read, read every wonderful thing all the people I really like and respect and admire pass along.

It is a relief not to read how fear based and ignorant and totally anti WWJD? some of my so called Jesus loving FB community is.

It is a relief to read Harry Potter (book 6) to my babies. At 10 and 12 they still snuggle up, and we read.

It is a relief to find the time to meditate every day.

There are many good things about Facebook. I love keeping in touch with people from my life I otherwise wouldn’t really know anymore were it not for the forum. I love being able to share photos with family and friends. I love getting to know some folks better whom I otherwise wouldn’t really have known at all. I love when I’m feeling particularly isolated to post something and have people respond. Zowie! Instant gratification! You like me, you really “like” me. Scratch my ego…a little to the left….yeah…right there!

I love that more people read my blog when I share links to new posts over there.

And I’ll admit it. There are times I’m very uncomfortable being “temporarily deactivated.” I want a quick fix. I want to avoid something. I want to hop on the train and see what’s cooking!

But if I sit with it a bit, that feeling of missing something passes. The urgency subsides.

Exploring my own heart, listening to my own voice, is what seems to be needed at this time. For what? I’m not sure, but I feel like I’m making room.

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5 Responses to Facebook Fatigue

  1. Kathy Sullivan says:

    I commend you for honoring your inner voice. Those of us who need to find you, will. And besides, I can still feel the love even without FB!

  2. Juhi says:

    Ahh, I know exactly what you mean Michelle! I’d deactivated my account for almost a yr then came back again. Thinking of disappearing again in some time. Whatever works in the moment. 🙂

    A very happy new year to you and yours. Wishing all of you the bestest of love, laughter and joy! May you continue to soar higher and higher!


  3. Meg says:

    I noticed the absence of you. Which probably suggests that I spend too much time there myself. Speaking of New year’s resolutions………

  4. Carrie Link says:

    YAMH! I agree with you, during the election it was particularly brutal.

    21 days makes a habit, you’re well on your way!

  5. Kelly says:

    I too have been noticing the toxicity on FB as of late. I wondered if people are suffering from some post holiday stress issues, but then I realized that it did seem to start during the election season and continues to escalate. Over my kids’ winter break I decided to pull back, and that really did help me a lot. I’ll probably continue keeping my time there down for a while to see what happens.

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