I have deactivated my Facebook profile/account/feed/life and I am OK. I mention the ‘OK’ part because if you had told me in 2007 to ‘stop’ I would’ve laughed in your face, whilst biting my nails and signing up, because this broad wanted to have 450000 friends to follow. These days I follow the ethos ‘less is more’ and when it comes to social media this could not ring truer for me.
Twitter is and has always been a place and a community I really enjoy and I genuinely get information or inspiration from the people I choose to follow. I love to engage on this platform and have done since 2008 so Twitter and me will be ‘tight’ for a few years to come, especially with my love of Gifs and their appreciation of them – Twitter and I are a match made in 140 character heaven.
Instagram is my JAM – I am one visual Mutha and I love chatting to folk on here, I love the different vibes, characters and I love sharing my life via my feed. I find life in the insta bubble is conflicted though and I do worry about everyone, because Instagram can make you feel a million bucks or a million bucks in debt and it is a line I stumble and sometimes fall across, but being aware of the line is half the battle.
Now I have to admit of all the social platforms that I choose to use I would’ve guessed that Facebook was always ‘for keeps’, what with it being the feed of my IRL friends, you know…the people that I knew, but aren’t on Instagram or the people I knew, but I don’t know the names of their children, or the people I knew…see a trend? I found myself going on several times a day, not to engage, not to connect, but to lurk and look at the people I knew, but do not know and I had a huzzah moment. “What am I doing?”
The people that ‘I know’ today (and I know their kids names) – I see them, they see me, I phone them, they ring me – we are actually connected and I think I prefer it. So thanks for everything Facebook, but Adios Amigo!
Since clicking the button I have had so many people confess that they wish they could do it and I simply reply “make sure it is worth every minute of your time”…if not, take a break? If that feels good, deactivate that feed and feed your life instead.