In today’s world, not having Facebook is of the same kind to falling sick. Surely something must be wrong with you if you have no social account. How will people follow your achievements, your relationships or your weight gain or stalk?
If something happens and you don’t put it on Facebook, did it ever happen? Facebook is the end-all and be-all of socializing; that having no social network is the same as having no friends.
But what our connected world has not taken into account are the several ways in which Facebook can harm our lives, instead of enhancing them. Sure, you can reconnect with lost friends and family, find job opportunities and keep a digital log of your life. But more commonly Facebook has become a dark hole — a place where jealousy and competition breed, where self-worth is defined by a catalogue of carefully tagged pictures and an overall productivity time-suck.
As if you haven’t punished yourself enough for that unwanted weight gain, Facebook makes it worst. Looking at others’ online albums left them wishing for the same body or weight as the person pictured — creating more negative feelings than a fashion magazine might stir up.
Recruiters use a candidate’s profile as part of the screening process, but those recruiters have rejected candidates based on the content they saw. That sentiment alone could communicate that you aren’t a Facebook addict, that you will ultimately be more productive at work.
If you’re going through a breakup, get off Facebook. No one wants to read your bitter statuses claiming to be “over it.” After the messy breakup is over, you’ll be able to forget your ex that much faster — without stalking him or her. They don’t say “ignorance is bliss” for no reason.
Facebook breeds jealousy. Most people use the social network to post celebratory moments. Reading a continuous stream of other people’s happy moments can almost directly correlate to feeling negative about yourself, as well as comparing your accomplishments to others.
For these reasons and more I have simply logged off and deactivated my account long back. Reducing the time spent on social activities, could greatly improve your quality of life. What do you think about deactivating your account? Have you ever tried it?
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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