It has been a month now that I have not logged in to FB.
I didn’t deactivate or delete my account. I have just logged out. And I don’t think I am missing out on anything at all. I don’t even have that urge to check out what is happening there.
This is mainly because I think it was just an unwanted habit. And an involuntary habit. I did it just because I had nothing else on my mind to do.
There have been times, in my past where I would deactivate my FB account during my exams or when I would feel that I was addicted to it. But then, once, my friend told me why we need Facebook i.e. to lighten our mood. When we read memes or when we see funny videos we, at least for that moment, smile or laugh. Or even when we read a thoughtful quote, we never know how much it can push us to do things.
So I decided to get back and stay on Facebook. But over the period, Facebook became only that thing for me. A place to visit just to lighten my mood. And I began to share and re-share things that I thought would lighten other people’s mood. And now that I am not a student any more, and my day isn’t so busy, I kept visiting Facebook every other minute.
There are two very casual things that led me to the realization that it is time to stop.
- We were discussing in my office on FB when the news of it using our data illegally was taking rounds. My boss very casually said, “I just created an account many years ago and soon realized social network is an overrated thing. I haven’t logged in since.” I didn’t think much about it then, rather I expected something like that from him. But somehow, it stayed with me for days. The more I think about it now, the more agreeable it feels.
- I was checking out some drawing lessons online. An artist on one of the websites was talking about how we can make time for our hobbies from our daily routines. She pointed that, when we are back from work, we think now it is time to relax, to do whatever we want to. And so we start watching television or browsing our mobile. In my case, it was FB. After a few hours of this activity, instead of feeling refreshed, we feel more tired. Because these things don’t really refresh our mind. Instead what we should do is – just sit idle, talk to our family members or check out what is happening around, enjoy the nature. And as I began to do this, I realized what it is to feel refreshed.
How I got rid of Facebook?
It is really a trick that I played on my brain. I just logged out of facebook instead of keeping myself logged in. I logged out from everywhere. My office machine, my phone, my laptop. So every time I go to Facebook, it asks me to log in. And this gives my brain a moment to pause and think. Do I really have to? And I back out.
How my life has changed?
Obviously, I feel more relaxed and my eyes don’t hurt much. I invest my time in the things that really matter. Like cleaning kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc at the end of the day.(Sorry but that’s what matter to me.) Giving my 100% to whatever I am doing at that moment. And you know the best part? My mobile hardly runs out of battery 😛
To be honest, I still use Instagram and Youtube. But I know the same trick can work for Instagram. The problem is with YouTube. There is a very thin line between using YouTube to educate or to entertain. I need to find out and fix it.
I should not forget that blogging is also a way of social networking. And it had really got me. More about it in the next part 🙂