Journal Entry: August 27, 2016
Back From A Nice Break
Week 31 (photos)
Ahhhhhh, that was a nice break now, wasn’t it?
I’m talking about the three-week Facebook Detox I just completed. It’s something I do every August, and usually comes at a time when the newsfeed updates become so inundated with negative information that I’m ready to reach through the computer to punch everyone in the face and go off to live on a deserted island where technology doesn’t exist. It’s when I reach that pivotal moment that I choose to refrain from making any nasty replies to rude comments on my posts, go to my settings, and select “Deactivate.”
My first thoughts are always “now that wasn’t so hard now, was it?” My second thought is nearly always to go back on to make that last reply on the comment that set me off. My third thought, usually an hour or two later, is what to check on my phone now that I cannot see what’s going on in the world and my circle of friends. Then usually by the second day I start feeling the strong, addictive urge to “just pop in for a second” to see if I’m missing out on something important. My decicive mind wins out by reminding myself that these physical impulses and urge is exactly why I deactivate my Facebook account in the first place. I see that the platform is truly addictive and can have a negative impact on my life.
Every year I modify the rules of this Social Media Detox for myself. The first year I went off of all social media platforms and even deleted the apps off of my phone for two weeks. Last year, I went off the major platforms and stayed on Pinterest to create and organize boards for a more cohesive looking profile. This year I chose to deactivate my personal account on Facebook only, and concentrate on re-curating my Instagram account to reflect my professional photography portfolio in addition to utilizing Pinterest for my personal maternity shots, nursery inspiration, and ideas for dinner (because I’ve lost my appetite for all things healthy and just want to eat junk food at this point). I also decided not to give myself a time limit this year; I was just going to be off of Facebook until I felt the urge to be on there completely gone and to feel my life in focus again.
Some of you may have seen that I had an alternate personal account on Facebook during this time. This account fulfilled two specific purposes professionally and personally for me. 1) I wanted my business page to remain active and the only way to do that was to have a second administrator on the business page. 2) I have been wanting to create a secondary private personal profile so that when my baby arrives I can share all the photos of her to my heart’s content without overwhelming my public personal profile audience with all of these private moments. And so for that new private personal profile I have it on lock-down and am only accepting requests from immediate family members and a few close friends.
So that’s it for now. I’ll share more about the last few weeks on my next post.