So I gave up Facebook for Lent. It was hard at the beginning especially as I never get e-mails from FB but suddenly I started getting them. After a week or so I stopped wondering what was going on there, actually I started thinking about all the time I had wasted there.
Last night I signed in for a few minutes to see what notifications I had if any. I had some but they really were nothing requiring immediate attention. I noticed that the format had changed again, really no surprise there, and I noticed during a quick scroll and skim of my news feed just how little I was seeing from actual friends and family.
This morning I got on and did some spring cleaning of my friends list, it wasn’t large to begin with compared to some people (160 something) now I’m at right around 100 and will be taking another look at that list. There is no reason to me to keep people on my list who never post so they will probably go from the list. I also cleared out a lot of the pages I was following or had liked because they were clogging up my news feed.
I took a look at my privacy settings and locked them down further, especially on my photo albums most of which I’m going to double check that I have pictures on my computer or on our external storage and then delete. The whole thing seems to be just a bore at this point. Since I did that “spring cleaning” this morning I’ve been wondering why I ever spent so much time on there.
I considered deleting the page altogether but as it is the only way I keep in touch with some friends and family I will keep it but will be checking it less frequently and posting to it much less frequently as well. I’ll continue to use the time I used to use for FB as family time, reading tome, crafting time, anything really with more positive benefits for my family and me. I will also not be putting the FB app back on my iPod.
This has also led me to think about the amount of time I spend on Pinterest and other websites. There are so many better ways to spend my time. I think Pinterest is about to be deleted from my Pod as well, better to use it for music, audiobooks, and e-mail.