I recently took a hiatus from Facebook. I didn’t announce it. I told a few people who I thought should know, but really, I did it in quiet.
I did it because I felt like I was losing a sense of being able to hear my own thoughts. I spent my time scrolling past other people’s thoughts, rants, feelings, political views, food choices, etc. And realized I wasn’t thinking about anything. At times I took on their feelings (especially in the political rants), because I am that freaking sensitive to other people’s feelings. They can become my own.
But worse, I felt that I lost a sense of God’s voice, His presence. I know He is always there, but I wasn’t abiding in Him.
So what did I lose while Facebook was an entity out there and not on my phone?
I lost touch with some friends. I missed the birth of a few babies. I missed birthdays. I missed anniversaries.
I lost hilarious memes and videos.
I lost every person’s political opinion (but don’t worry, I read lots of magazines to gather what everyone was saying).
I lost the time spent scrolling on my phone.
But I gained so much.
I gained being able to easily look up from a task in order to look my kids in the eye. Sometimes it’s so hard to tear my eyes from a screen. I don’t know why, it just is.
I gained a sense of choice in what I view or read. It wasn’t picked for me by an algorithm.
I gained friendship because I actually texted people directly – and then called them! Real conversation.
I’m not sure how I’ll go forward. Maybe I will lose all of Facebook someday. I think I would be ok.
Until then, I’ll keep laughing at videos like this.
I needed that.
Have you ever signed off of Social Media? What did you lose? Or gain?
This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday Prompt: Lose. Every week, we join together and free-write for five minutes. No edits. No second guesses. Please join us! It’s one of the most encouraging groups on the web – and if I went completely offline I’d miss them dearly.