I had been on Facebook for several years and used it to connect with classmates/coworkers, post pics, and share various updates. Although I enjoyed “connecting” with others, it also felt overwhelming trying to like, comment, and keep up with everyone’s updates. In the past, I looked at everyone’s pics and felt like I should’ve been doing the same things they were—partying, traveling, or going on dates.
I decided to unsubscribe from a lot of people and kept receiving updates from others. I realized that if I wasn’t happy with myself or my life, then I should do something about it instead of feeling envious of people I barely knew.
During the past few years, I focused on discovering myself and developed a relationship with God. I continued posting updates and selfies occasionally on Facebook; I enjoyed seeing people’s updates, pics, and funny comments, but now it was becoming addictive! Whenever those notifications went off, I couldn’t wait to see who liked my post or pic. I planned to get on Facebook for at least 30 minutes but that would turn into two hours! Sometimes being on Facebook was more entertaining than watching cable TV!
I considered deactivating or deleting my Facebook account but wasn’t sure if I should go that route. I even deleted the app from my phone and logged out so I could stay off the website. This only lasted for a few days (maybe even almost a week) because when I downloaded the app again and logged in, I got sucked back in. I knew I should've been doing other things (reading my bible, working on my writing, etc.) but I just couldn’t resist Facebook. Last year, I kept praying and asking God to decrease my desire for Facebook because although it was addictive and entertaining, there were some things that didn’t appeal to me:
God answered my prayer and gradually reduced my desire for Facebook (I think it took a few months?). I deactivated my account around the beginning of January; I did log back in last Friday to check a group that I’d been missing but I deactivated my account again. Since I’ve been off Facebook, I feel a lot better—I feel as if I can focus more and I just feel “free.” My life feels more peaceful and less chaotic without it. I’m working on my writing, reading books again, and reading my Bible. Of course, I could change my settings and delete some people, but staying off of Facebook feels right to me.
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