Social Media Addiction
According to Wikipedia, social media addiction is essentially Internet overuse disorder or digital media overuse. Same thing. Different name. Like most addictions, it starts off as a habit and gradually gets worse. Is it harmful? Perhaps not in the sense that class A drugs are, but anything that affects either your mood or sleep pattern isn’t beneficial to human health.
How Does Social Media Addiction Start?
Personally, I started out on social media – like most people – by using Facebook. Pre-selfie era, photographs were something tolerated rather than relished. Taking this into consideration, Facebook and social media in general was a slow burn. I’d say it gradually increased month on month, year by year, until after year five it was a nuisance.
Due to Facebooks popularity and the sneaky tactics it uses, it was innevitable that something bad was bound to happen. Facebook might not be a serial killer, but it’s omnipotence makes it a serial nuisance.
Snapchat and Instagram aren’t exactly looking out for your wellbeing, but they don’t seem to be as problematic as the biggest social media platform on the planet.
Unfollowing Everyone on Facebook
It had come to the point where I’d had enough. Waking up in the middle of the night because my phone buzzed wasn’t fun in the slightest. In fact, it was pathetic. Normal people don’t need this in their life, I thought.
Something had to be done. Action needed to be taken and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
I unfollowed everyone on Facebook, one by one.
You might think it’s a simple thing to do, but when you’re addicted to something it isn’t so easy. Fair enough, I wasn’t unfriending people so I could still visit their profile if I needed to. In reality, most people aren’t really bothered about missing out, but they do have a fear of missing out – FOMO – as it’s known.
Weirdly the fear of missing out is bigger than the reality.
It Took a Few Weeks to Adjust
In all honesty, it did take a few weeks to aclimatise. Going from someone who was posting what I had for tea to not posting anything at all was a big culture shock. If I wasn’t following anyone, it was pointless posting and still being stuck in the Facebook trap. That would defeat the object altogether. Therefore I went for the double impact of stopping posting, too.
Being Facebook free was brilliant!
Once I got over the inital shock of not having my phone buzz every fifteen minutes, it was great to get some normality back in my life. There was one time I got the urge to post about my meal; that’s when I thought to myself, WTF do people want to know what I had for my tea? They obviously don’t and I don’t want to know about theirs either.
You Realise the Absurdity of Facebook
Faceook isn’t all bad. It brings people together and helps spread important messages. However, it’s far to easy to move from its good parts to the bullshit it brings.
What does it matter how many likes you do or don’t get? When you stand back and see the absurdity of it all, it makes you think what a clown you’ve been posting absolute junk all these years.
Facebookers are so Fake
You only have to see who posts what and when to see how fake people are. Popular people will comment on a post that has lots of likes, but not on a quiet post. It’s as if they want to maximise the spread of their name. Your friends will be less supportive than strangers. It’s a super weird and fake world and I’m glad that I’m no longer a part of it.
Facebook is Business Only for Me now
Apart from my websites and other web design projects, I don’t bother with Facebook at all and feel much happier for it. While I’m not a jealous person, I like to see people do well and get on with their life. It does affect you in ways you can’t imagine. There are endless surveys and studies that show social media puts negative pressure on your mental health.
If you are loving Facebook then go ahead and keep on posting. I’m not here to tell you not to, just giving feedback on my own personal journey on social media.
For me, unfollowing everyone and leaving Facebook alone has definitely improved my daily mindset. Try it for yourself, you have nothing to lose and can always start posting again if it doesn’t work out as you imagined.
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