About ten days ago, I started removing social media apps from my devices. I have successfully removed Facebook from my phone and tablet. I think of this is some kind of detoxing that’s going on. I would totally delete my Facebook account if it weren’t for the fact that I use both the groups and messenger to organize with people. Facebook has managed to totally integrate itself into our lives.
I know that the groups feature for Google+ is better than Facebook but getting people to move over to it will be like pulling teeth. I don’t think I have ever used the messaging feature for Google before. If I could just import all my Facebook contacts into it and hybrid over Facebook, I would.
I have also removed Instagram from my tablet because I really just need it on one device, not all of them. I have found myself logging into the Facebook website on the tablet but I spend less time on there because it’s so clunky on the mobile web browser. I have found that I spend more time on other apps like Pinterest now. Mostly when I am finding myself needing a distraction from what’s going on.
Tablets, smart phones, computers, and TVs are all built to keep us distracted. I of course own all four of these now. At least with my TV, I just use my Chromecast and I cut the cable cord years ago. I have been re-watching The X-Files from the beginning. Strangely, it’s the X-Files that’s having the impact on my to cut down on my time spent on social media. Watching episodes from the 90s about people who lose their lives to time spent watching too much day time TV or surfing the internet kind of punched me in the gut. We have been worried about too much electric time for over twenty years now. As a teen during the birth of the mass consumer use of the internet, I should know better.
I may take the final leap to rid myself of Facebook this year. I have been dancing with it but I will need something else to use to organize the groups that I have been using Facebook to manage. I think that it’s crazy that I have been using Facebook for over ten years now. Given how fast other social media platforms died off, it’s almost unheard of to have one like Facebook still around.
I will keep you posted on how I progress on this decision.
~Clara D. Munro