Here’s a summary of my last Saturday. I went to the gym. I checked Facebook. I went to the grocery store. I checked Facebook. I went walked in the park. I checked Facebook…. You get the idea.
How much joy do you get from Facebook? One year ago I uninstalled the Facebook app from my phone. I came to the conclusion that I was spending too much time in the app and that I was no longer getting joy out of using the app. More importantly, I had come to the conclusion that some of the post I was reading was taking away from my happiness. Not cool!
But lately I find myself using the site more. I justify my use of Facebook by saying that it’s a way for me to keep up with my friends and family. I have a lot of family that live in another state and being able to see photos and updates on my nephew’s soccer game is important to me. Being able to keep in touch with friends who’s lives have started to drift from my own is important to me. But at some point the joy of keeping up with with this information switched from “I’m really glad I get to see this video of my nephew” to “I’m missing so much.” My friends had a party yesterday, “why weren’t we invited?” Not cool.
So, when I read “7 Reasons Why Quitting Facebook Now Is Good For Your Future” I decided that it’s time to be more drastic and remove Facebook from my life for now. The reasons I check Facebook is not that clear to me anymore. The value of having it in my life is not simple.