Lately, I have been feeling bored. Bored than usual. I had stuff to do, but I did not do them. I had obligations, but somehow I sidestepped them. I wanted to do things, but for some reason, I did not. It did not take much time to figure out why. What was the predominant thing that took up most of my time? Facebook.
Facebook has this magic allure to it, and it’s very hard to say no to it. It capitalises on the one of the core of human emotions, vanity. The desire to be popular. I am not blaming facebook, it do help people a lot. Living in Singapore and hailing from India. It helps me to see how my family and friends are faring. I get to see and know ,the most important moments of their lives.
But mainly, we want to see how many people liked that photo of yours, that quote you thought was pretty deep, that video which is oh-so-hilarious. For some unknown reason, the numbers did not meet your expectation, while that better looking friend of yours seem to have plenty.
However, the part that got to me most was that it was sucking a lot of my personal time. Time when I should be reading, studying, learn guitar, write something, everything got washed away due to those posts of funny videos and likewise.
Facebook was on my face at home, in the train, at work, everywhere. Gradually I got tired of it. I had taken books from libraries, and I did not read them. Then one day, I decided enough was enough. I took the book with me, planning to read on the train. I succeeded somewhat, still hampered by the fact that I was checking facebook every now and then.
Step two, I turned off data. But at times I needed Whatsapp, so I turned it back on.
Step three, I uninstalled the app, choosing to login through web browser. This helped me a lot, but then I was spending time on my laptop during the weekends.
Step four, deactivated Facebook. Like, finally. This should have been Step one.
I now enjoy a much peaceful life,I finish reading a bunch of books, felt generally happier, did stuff that was pending.
I can’t deny the fact facebook is useful though.However,will continue to put facebook on hold till I get things straight.
I think everybody should do this. Try not logging into facebook and see how you fare. Better, try turning off your phone data and try travelling. And for those of you who would like a challenge, deactivate your account for a month, and tell me how you feel.
World would be a much better place if we could talk face to face rather than through a 5 inch screen.