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Quitter

January 15, 2013

I didn’t foresee it, but I feel like I’ve taken on a de facto new year’s resolution:  quitting Facebook.

It feels a lot like quitting smoking.

If you are a heavy user like myself, posting becomes a nasty habit that you do even though it may not be good for you or your relationships.  You give your smart phone more of your attention than the real world.

Everyone knows that I stand for social justice, the welfare of ALL animals and not just my pets, that I think we should have universal healthcare and that I think Grumpy Cat and Ermergherd are the funniest memes ever.  It frustrates me that fewer and fewer people really respect marriages and boundaries when it comes to the cutie from high school. And, really, it breaks my heart to see so many people bearing arms in their profile pictures in the wake of innocent children being slaughtered at school by the same such weapon.

I am suffering from overshare. 

People know too much yet absolutely nothing about me.

And vice versa. 

The worst part about frequent Facebooking is that it siphons off the really interesting things in my life that do deserve more introspection. I love to write and ramble and think. Blogging takes planning and care and observation and thought. Facebook depletes my blog material (how shallow!)

Readers that read my blathering here choose to do so because they want to hear what’s really going on. They care about the minutiae of my life as much as I do. They navigate here or subscribe, not just because I happened to be a schoolmate or they like to argue with me or they know I’ve always got a Grumpy Cat posted. People choose to stop by and have a peek into my life rather than me vomiting my life up in their newsfeed. Or – even better – they’ve come here because the Google machines told them I can provide the information for which they are searching!

Google:  more validating than a thousand “likes!”

It’s odd to look at my phone and see no Facebook, Facebook Messenger or Friendcaster icons. It’s odd to see all the cars in my neighborhood covered in frost, whip out my phone and then remind myself, “no one really cares that there’s actually hard frost in San Francisco.” It was lovely to doze off on the train into work this morning. Tomorrow I plan on… *GASP* … reading.

I haven’t deactivated my account and don’t really plan to. If, after a decent time of no logging in at all, I can become a casual poster I may venture on occasionally. If not I will just shut it down.

That which doesn’t make my life better should not be in it. 

Due to this same feeling of overload I have sworn off 24 hour news. It’s all too much – yet all too little. 

So – guess what I bought without a lot of planning and marinating and shopping around from 100,000 different online outlets!?!  CURTAINS.  Yes, decor posts are on their way!! I won’t subject you to deep thoughts all the time 😀

And I CAN’T RESIST – HARD FROST – IN SAN FRANCISCO!!

frost

hey… who said quitting was easy??

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6 comments

  1. You… are full of awesome.


    • Thank you, Sweetie! Happy gestating ❤


  2. I’m proud of you for unplugging! Sometimes I wish I could do the same, but being a telephobe I’d never talk to anyone if it weren’t for FB, LOL! I missed you when you left MFP and I will miss you on FB as well. I feel like you are a friend, even though we have never actually met. I guess I’ll have to find a new source of angry cat memes and liberal thought (90% of my FB friends and family are Republican). I’ll definitely be adding your blog to my faves!


    • I hate the phone, too. With a PASSION. I am going to try to overcome that, though 😉 We’ll be in touch – I may force myself into a horsie girls’ weekend on the other coast!


  3. HI Emily, I understand your postion completely “unplugging” is a healthy and necessary move sometimes, but I will miss your prespective on so many matters of daily life. You give me a alternative way of looking at current news and your point of view is valid and important. I find f.b. a release of my thoughts and love the ability to share with others, The news of the world lately is very depressing and yes, there is very little good news. It is my hope that you enjoy your life surrounded by all of your friends and family. My best to you my sweet girlfriend.. lots of love to you always,, Deborah


    • You’ll never find a shortage of my opinions and viewpoints here! I just prefer to put them here where people can seek them out. You won’t be rid of me that easy 😉



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