Social media has taken the world and swept it off its feet, luring and enticing us with the sweet social nectar of promising relationships, status, and career advancement. Well, you and I both know that is not the case! Social media was born not long ago. It grew like terminal cancer, infecting many parts of our lives. For some of us, it’s inescapable.
I don’t want to be misunderstood. Social media is a tool that is used to bring distance strangers to undiscovered and hidden places in the World Wide Web. We are introduced to a series of links and people of the past and present. We are greeted with a welcoming online community of diverse people. It truly is a great playground, but watch out! There are bullies and schoolyard teachers who call the shots! Aside from that, we want to cultivate simplicity and solitude.
Just one quick story, I joined Facebook in 2006; before it was mainstream. Due to the business of college and lack of Internet use, I went on a hiatus in 2009 to the end of 2013. I hate Facebook. Well you may ask, why did I do it? There are two reasons, to reach out to old friends and to keep in contact with distance relatives. There’s little fulfillment in Facebook and other social media outlets. Studies suggest it might make you stupid. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc., in my humble opinion, need to be greatly reduced or eliminated So, without further a do, let’s simplify
Delete Social Media from your Smartphone
Here are a few stats about Facebook:
Start a Social Media Fast
The Biblical idea of a fast is to abstain from food in order to humble us before God and to seek him. The social media fast is for you! Just like a health fast, we need to remove all the toxic waste in our system and restructure our eating habits. In this Social media fast, we abstain from all forms of social media for one week and seek healthy activities like relationships (face to face), reading, hobbies, etc.
Here are some tips in starting a social media fast:
• Do it with a friend. Two are better than one.
• Plan out your week. Don’t be idle, and find something to do.
• You can deactivate your Facebook. Sign-out out of all accounts.
• Be accountable and honest. It takes discipline.
• Let others know your fast. (Even if you tell them on social media.)
Delete Some Social Media Permanently
Gasp! Delete a social media account? Disconnect from my friends? You may suffer temporarily from FOMO, which means, “fear of missing out.” Yup, that’s what I’m preaching, and you should consider it. Right now, how many social media accounts do you have? Do you need Facebook? Studies suggest teens are migrating to Instagram and lesser known social outlets, rather than Facebook. No doubt, Facebook has been hijacked by greedy investors and advertisements that really just annoy many of us. But seriously, who really reads everything in their news feed? Perhaps, delete Twitter and keep Facebook, or delete Twitter and Facebook and keep only Instagram? Is that too extreme? I guess the better question is; would you want to do it? Truth is, people don’t want to disconnect from social media; but a growing few are fed up and long for freedom again. Be a rebel! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! If you want to deactivate your Facebook, follow these steps below:
1.Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page
3.Click Security in the left column
4.Click Deactivate your account
But if you really want to be daring, permanently delete your Facebook. Consider the cost of permanently deleting your Facebook.
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