What I learned from my 48 Hour Facebook Fast!
This past weekend I decided to unplug from all social media for 48 hours. In fact, in order to not feel tempted to login, I actually deleted all the apps from my phone and steered clear of the my Mac for the entire weekend.
Wow, just writing out all the social media platforms I’m on is a bit overwhelming.
Now, before we go any further I have to just say that I have absolutely no problem with social media. It is a great way to stay connected, reconnect, and market your passions and businesses in this the information age. I actually love Facebook and all her cousins.
The point is, I was loving Facebook too much. I found myself spending too much time posting. Too much time updating my statuses. Too much time posting new pics. All followed up by too much time checking to see if people or how many people and who exactly had “LIKED” my latest contribution to the social media stratosphere.
It was not only beginning to affect my productivity, but I found at time it was affecting my psyche, mood, and emotions.
Not enough likes?
Wait he or she didn’t like this post, why not?
Why are only a few people viewing my latest video?
What’s wrong with my post?
What’s wrong with me?
Childish I know, but it’s the truth.
All this to say, on Friday night when I was aimlessly staring at my phone on the couch for no particular rhyme or reason, I just decided to take a break from it all and hit RESET!
Yep, just like back in the day when I was playing Techmo Bowl or Mike Tyson’s Punch Out on Nintendo and was losing, I’d hit RESET and start over and here’s what I learned from my 48 Hour Facebook Fast:
- We are all connected… ALL THE TIME. Again, just look above and not counting Facebook Messenger, Text Message, Voxer, Phone calls, and emails- I have 7 varying social media accounts going right now. All are interconnected and all are connected to 1000’s of people all the time. We are constantly inundated with notifications, questions, follow ups, and calls. So much so, is really hard to comprehend how many people are so disconnected at home when they’re attention is being threatened and pulled by so many different avenues of information- ALL THE TIME. Again, don’t take this as I’m talking dirty about social media, I’m not, I’m actually disgusted as to how much time I personally was spending online when i could have been spending exponentially more time playing catch, running, reading (by myself and with my kids), talking to Mikah, etc.
- Lesson Learned: I was able to stay more present and enjoy my time way more without any distractions simply by unplugging for a couple of days.
- As mentioned earlier, my psyche was being threatened or at least messed with based on the production of my posts and pics; and responses produced (or did not produce). Ya know, at church our pastor delivered a message entitled “#Struggles” that dealt with this very principle of how people can be negatively effected via social media. At the time I thought it was bunch of BS…. until it was happening to me. I’m sure many out there can relate, but I’ve always had an issue with validating myself as compared to others like me. It could be best friends, co-workers, mentors, or even people I don’t even know in “real life” but feel I should somehow measure up to them in some way or form. Well, being that social media is the mother of all highlight films and doesn’t truly represent a person’s daily life, you can imagine how hard it is to measure up at times when all you’re doing is comparing your production (or lack thereof) to the biggest achievements of someone else. With all this, I have to say how much more enjoyable my weekend was just being present and not comparing what I was doing at any giving moment to anyone else.
- Lesson Learned: I feel way better about everything I am doing in my life when I take the daily comparisons out of the equation and just be present.
- What I have to say/post is way more valuable and received better when I’m not posting all damn day. Since my brief hiatus I have posted twice in the 36 or so hours. Normally, I would have probably posted more like 36 times in the last 36 or so hours… or 36 posts is a little high, but you get my point. These two posts have been received and “LIKED” or commented on by way more people than any of the previous days’ worth of posting… why? Well, it’s really simple, people simply become almost “numb” to seeing the same posts from the same people all the time, me included. I don’t think it’s that people don’t want information, it’s the opposite, it’s the fact that we are constantly bombarded with information all the time. It’s just part of the instant info digital age we leave in. So whether or not my content or your content is read or not has a lot to do to the fact of whether or not it gets lost in the ever present Facebook feed shuffle.
- Lesson Learned: I can reach more people with better QUALITY of content as opposed to QUANTITY… a.k.a.—> don’t just post to post, actually have something to say.
And there you have it.
Again, I hope you don’t take this as I’m bashing social media, or that I’m speaking ill of anyone who spends a great deal of time on social media. Social media itself has altered our reality so much over the past few years that it has completely revolutionized how people interact, how businesses market, and how we all perceive things. Both good and bad. I’m just saying for me, I needed a break and from that break I was able to pull some personal truths that I hope will continue to serve me as I continue to use different social media platforms effectively in m own life and business.
What about you… When’s the last time you unplugged for day or two?
- Michael Watkins