As part of a project for a new book I was writing, I decided to take a month off from social media — especially Facebook.
Let me point out that I was a Facebook addict, racing to check my newsfeed every five minutes, posting photos of my dinner and telling everyone what a wonderful life I was having via updates. But Facebook also created anxiety and stress.
I’d worry if that I was posted wasn’t interesting enough, or I’d get depressed when the stats fell into the red on my book pages. Worst of all, I would get angry at people I didn’t really know or like about the stupid things they were posting.
Eventually, Facebook became a frustrating clutter of cat memes, baby photos, political rants, some charity demanding I feel guilty for not sharing a photo of a sick child, online petitions about causes I didn’t care about, supposedly funny, fake videos that claimed to be ‘real footage’ of alien beings or sensationalist stories that were only designed to get more likes on someone’s page but didn’t really offer any substance. I had had enough and it was making me cranky.
After my one-month detox, the difference in how I felt was amazing. Though I’m back on Facebook now, I’m doing it VERY differently.
Here’s my advice on how you can take your life back from the social media monster: