I deleted the Facebook App off my phone!
You read that caption right - it's even a little click-baiting isn't it! It's true I deleted the app from my phone and guess what ..... nothing happened.
A few weeks back I came across something on Facebook that really struck a cord with me. I couldn't let it go, even days later. It was a misguided, completely untrue and in my opinion down right dangerous comment. It's was one of those situations that unless you are having to make those types of decisions - you really shouldn't have an opinion. Families who make those heartbreaking decisions don't make them lightly and when you stretch for a better term 'fake news' about the issue - it helps no one.
Days later it was still bothering me, and I began to feel that my relationship with the social media giant wasn't a love affair. I decided to delete the app from my phone, what the worst thing that could happen? I miss a MAFS meme?
It's been a few weeks now and you know what? I feel a little free-er. I don't feel as tied to my phone as I did before. I'm not staring at stuff that doesn't interest me, because that's what I felt FB had started to become.
Now, lets be real. I am still using Facebook;
I use it for Bright Tights
I use it to connect to people in the business community
I use it to see what other people have eaten (If you haven't checked out Rate My Plate - you really should, the comments are everything),
I use it for events and to connect with friends.
I am just not using the app on my phone.
By limiting my access (I now only use my laptop) I feel .... almost lighter. I still check in a couple of times a day, but I have stopped that 'checking-Facebook-because-I-am-bored-thing', or I have 2 mins where I am not physically doing anything thing.
I spent this past weekend in Sydney, firstly for the trade show 'Life Instyle' but also to hang out with some of my favourite people. From a logical standpoint it also meant that I wouldn't have access to FB for 3 whole days. I am pretty sure that I thought I would have found myself re-installing the app. Although I didn't, and you know what? I didn't miss anything.
When I came home I had 3 group chat messages - nothing which was urgent. I had 64 notifications - none of which I could live without or were particularly interesting.
The horror - I don't need Facebook on my phone. I've really enjoyed this mini digi-detox, and at this stage I don't think I will re-install the app. Although you never say never!
Have you ever taken yourself on a little digi-detox? Leave me a comment!