New and Better You Series: Bye Bye Facebook

As you can tell, hopefully, by the title, I am in the process of changing myself for the better. One of the big things I noticed about myself is that I am constantly using the FB app on my phone. I mean like all of the time.

So for my first step, I decided to delete the FB app off of my phone to prevent me from using it as much. Here is what happened:

The first thing I noticed was that every time I picked up my phone, I automatically went to press the FB app. Once the app was not there, I still look for it, but I do not access it. Relieving myself of looking at my news feed helped me feel much more present. I tend to pay much more attention when I am listening to someone tell me about their day, and I really like feeling more in-tune to what is going on around me.

At first I felt slightly left out, but slightly scolded myself for my comment to myself. I could I feel left out when I wasn’t really a part of the situation to begin with.

My news feed is not going anywhere.

All I have to do is access it on a computer if I want to. The difference is, there is not the constant option to look and read at what all of my “friends” are doing.

The longer I go without FB on my phone, the more I realize how much I do not care about reading about everyone’s day. Most of the people I am friends with are family and close friends. If I want an update, I should call or text them. Communication is such an important part of our life, and now that I am forced to actually use my phone for what it is made for more often, I feel like a better friend.

My stress level and restlessness has gone way down. I find that it is easier for me to fall asleep at night. Perhaps this is because I am actually allowing myself to relax before I lay down. There have been many articles outlining some of the affects of social media on sleep. Here are a few: Social Media use, Addiction to Social Networking, Are you aware, and Kids’ sleep patterns.  These are only a handful of articles about sleep and social media, but I do have to agree that not using it while I am at home has really helped my sense of calm.

So my goal is to continue not using FB on my phone. Without it, I am more present and more relaxed at home, and I tend to get more done around the house instead of wasting time.

How much time to you spend on FB?

Do you think you would be able to delete it?

Let me know if you have tried it or are planning to. What did you experience?

Update 1.4.16: Okay you guys. I have to say that deleting FB off of my phone has been one of the best decisions I have made in a while, and I plan to keep it off. Over my Christmas break, I was able to read almost an entire book by my favorite author, Anne Rice. That is huge for me. I am a really slow reader (mainly because I try to mentally absorb the words on the page), and I read over 200 pages!! Also, I was able to participate more in conversations. I am really loving it! Have you given it a try yet? Well you should! I will give ya’ll another update in a month or two.





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