Now, I'm not saying that it's unhealthy for everyone.
I've decided that it's not healthy for me.
The issues have been in the back of my mind for a long time, and with the New Year, I've decided to do something about it.
What bothers me most is scrolling through tons of crap to find something interesting! It's like having 350 TV channels and nothing good to watch (one of the reasons we don't have TV)! The 2012 election TOTALLY took me over the edge. Secondly, I don't like how FB manipulates what you see...they think they know me...I call Bull Sh!t.
My true prompt was a blog post that was "Freshly Pressed" in WordPress a few days ago (similar to Blogs of Note by Blogger, which took me a long time to find today since they don't seem to have the link in my Reader anymore)...
Good Riddance, Facebook by Gary Mondejar
Gary's post lends to a humorous yet serious take on how Facebook affected him. I could relate to quite a few of his statements...time-sucking was high on the list as well as constantly thinking of "have to share on Facebook" syndrome! Luckily I have not had to experience high quality photos of a baby's first poop (you'll have to read his post to understand that one) ;~)
Scrolling through the comments (332 so far; and 899 likes), most people agreed with Gary's "good riddance" stance. But another comment was saying how can the writer blame Facebook...has he no "self control?" That's a pretty good point. We command our own destiny!
Do I not have self control?
Well, looking at my experience with Facebook, no, I don't.
So, I'm gonna fix it.
Late last year, I deleted my Google+ account and my Twitter account...which was a freeing feeling, but I didn't use those social media sights...so it didn't free up any time. It just felt good to get them out of the way though.
So, what to do with Facebook? For me, limitations.
I see lots of good that can be accomplished with FB...organizing the cow dog clinics, learning more photography tips, learn more gardening tips, keeping in touch with family and sharing photos, etc...
Using the Friends Grouping option, I'm organizing my group lists by horse people, dog people, high school, bloggers, etc. If I don't know someone...it may be the delete button. Why should I be friends with people I don't know? It doesn't make sense to me, and it's just not my thing.
I'm going to take my life back.
I enjoy my blogging friends, my Dogster friends (and pups) and real life friends.
You know how to reach me ;~)
Tomorrow we will be back with our regularly scheduled programing:
Life at the Rough String!