I have seriously been considering about ending my Facebook life recently, literally months. As my 20th birthday approaches this year and my first year of university is a few short months away I have reached a pinnacle stage in my life where I am considering my adult-self. Which, to me, is where I need to start looking to the future more and seriously consider what I want for myself; and I’m sure many people my age are experiencing these weird revelations. Not only am I looking for my own place to live with my boyfriend currently, but I’m also thinking about a part time job and it was as these decisions creeped up on me that I decided I need to also make small changes. For example, I started actually cooking healthy food… basically what I’m trying to say is I feel myself turning into my mother and if you feel yourself turning into your parents then you are also on the path to thinking about your adult-self. One small change that came to mind was thinking about how I lived my life as a teenager up until this point like: staying in bed all day, avoiding responsibility, relying too much on other people, not thinking about my actions and wasting so much time on games and social media – especially Facebook.
I’m not saying I can change all of those things but the social media one is the main little bugger that is gnawing at me. My boyfriend does often speak words of wisdom about these issues, wether he realises it or not, and he thinks Facebook is the devil. At first I thought his statement was abit melodramatic but as I approached this with an open mind and looked at the bigger picture I feel like it is so true. I’m sure he will be glad to know that some things he says really do stay with me and this is one of them. In no way am I a religious nut but Facebook does share a lot of qualities with the devil it: sucks you in, makes you feel worthless, wastes your time, changes your views on yourself, ruins relationships and friendships, is a hot spot for negativity. I could go on but who really has the time…
So many people use it as a reason for stalking and snooping or they put themselves down because everything is rated on how many likes or friends you have. I feel like the Netflix series Black Mirror really addresses the issues on modern day technology so people should really watch it. It’s also a form of addiction
It’s scary to even imagine how many years of our lives, when we are old, will be wasted by things such as this. It’s also sad to think people spend some of their time sat at a table writing away negative things about people they don’t even know or commenting on viral videos about how someone looks? Despite the perks of Facebook I think that the cons are too serious. So I really do want to get rid of it to better myself and find a certain level of childish happiness, creativity and imagination that I left behind long ago. The hard part is deciding when to delete it.
It’s easy to say we want to get rid of it, in fact I have read all over the internet a good percentage of Facebook users do. It’s also having a bad effect on my generations mental health, when I look around me I see so many people with issues. People you wouldn’t even think have issues. Which just goes to show it effects everyone. Suicide, depression, anxiety are all reportedly linked to social media
Anyone can read more about the studies via Google. Even if people can’t delete their social media if their job relies on it or whatever you can at least give yourself a break, for even a week, and cleanse your mind. But for those that can delete it and are conflicted, like myself, that’s when you can see the addiction come through. We have no real reason as to why we need Facebook, its still a recent invention and we survived without it for years. But there is apart of you that just won’t let go, why? Because we are totally addicted. I know addicts. Actual DRUG, addicts and I seriously see the same behaviour in myself with Facebook as I do these druggies when they haven’t had a fix. You always feel an urge to check notifications, paranoia if you don’t see how many likes you have on that pic you posted, high and exhilarated when likes and reactions show you how “loved and noticed” you are by everyone. We are literally just technology druggies.
All in all, I think I really am going to give this experience a try because if I didn’t I would sound like a total hypocrite; and I would also carry on my mundane existence of living vicariously through other people on social media. Let’s give it a shot.