Two years ago I read a blog post with one of those cliché titles that work so well and make you want to click, one with the words “hack” and “happiness” (am I the only one who can’t resist to the word hack?!?). The hack was very simple, but effective. To be happy, but I’d rather say to feel less flat, you simply had to remove the Facebook app from your smartphone. The reasons totally made sense. At that time FB was full of news about Brexit, US election, the Syrian war and much more. Not exactly joyful topics, and most of all worse than the apple of discord. So why keep on reading depressing news and opinions?
The post was pretty convincing but I made up my mind only few weeks later, after I got involved in a late night crazy, useless conversation on a Facebook group that only made me nervous. I realized how toxic Facebook was becoming and I removed the app from my smartphone. And trust me, my “social health” improved.
Since I’m insomniac, I have the bad habit to check the phone before going to sleep; sometimes I simply organize/delete photos or write a note, but I usually check Instagram and watch the stories of my favorite accounts. I know that checking devices before going to sleep is not heathy and prevent you from having a good, restoring sleep (smartphones emanate blue light, which is perceived by our brain as a light associated with the awakening), and I’m working on this bad habit but staying away from Facebook, most of all before falling asleep, makes a difference, I swear.
While Instagram is still a kind of happy place (even if I feel like it’s increasingly becoming like Facebook one update at the time), the social network has become the perfect place for controversy, polemics, hate, ignorance, rudeness, do-goodism, and intolerance. It’s the reign of unsuited people, that’s how I call them. And I don’t want to deal with them. They don’t deserve my time, they don’t deserve your time.
One day I felt particularly sad (for personal reasons) and I decided it was time to deactivate my Facebook profile. Have you ever felt like you were watching a TV show or a film that sucks and at one point you ask yourself why you’re keeping watching? I felt this way. I know I could just log out and never log in, or at least not doing it for a long time. But it wouldn’t be the same.
I didn’t delete my account so my decision is not final, yet. I know my Instagram accounts should be business and the only way to make them so is having a Facebook account. I miss some useful groups and accounts (like He For She, for example) but right now, there’re more pros than cons to not spend time there.
That’s why I think you should consider deactivating, even for a while, your account. You will find out that Facebook has nothing to do with your life.
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