After 2 months of being Facebook and Instagram FREE, here are the things I find I do and do not miss.
What I DO miss:
- Seeing all of the updates, silly or serious, from my friends and family to know how or what they’re doing.
- Getting ideas from seeing what other people are learning or doing in their homes, schooling, parenting, reading, church, and work.
- Asking questions to get others’ opinions, insights, suggestions. I love asking questions, so this has been something I have greatly missed.
- I do miss being inspired and encouraged by others’ updates, as well as purposing to inspire and encourage others.
What I DO NOT miss:
- Political tension
- Wasting time when I could be productive
- The addiction that comes with social media
- Caring about what others think
- Feeling frustrated when others are critical
- Finding myself being more judgmental than I care to admit (there truly is freedom from not knowing everything about everyone all of the time … ignorance truly is bliss)
- How I stared at my Facebook page more than my own children’s Faces (real life “faces”, imagine that)
- Feeling like I’m never doing enough as I compare my life to what I see in others’ FB lives
- Having an opinion about everything I saw on Facebook
- Getting quickly sucked in to scroll and scroll and scroll
- Having a sore neck from looking down at my phone so much
- Joining and leaving various groups … so much to keep track of in the News Feed
- Following link after link after link which was another reason for getting sucked into Facebook and Instagram
- Blocking people because I got so annoyed and frustrated with their whining, complaining, negativity, or arrogance
- Having yet another thing to check when I got a new notification
- Feeling compelled to respond to people, because it is the right and polite thing to do
- Trying to keep up on all of the “latest”
- Feeling guilty I didn’t wish people happy birthday when I saw it was their birthday
- Finding so many things I wanted (but didn’t need) to buy on the local “garage sale” pages
- Getting invited to so many local events and feeling lame for not going to them
As you can see, the lists are quite lopsided.
Overall, I currently find myself more content, less stressed, and just all around better. I am much more relaxed, in general. I am connecting more intentionally with people instead of relying on Facebook to give me the feeling (illusion?) of being connected.
I had absolutely no idea how much social media controlled my every day, until I cut the chains. My eyes were opened wide: freedom.
Even though I do miss a few aspects of it, I do not regret stepping away from social media … not for a single second.
To God be the Glory!