It’s been a week and half since I deactivated Facebook so I thought I’d do a progress report.
Interestingly, I’ve found the sense of relief of not deciding whether “to share or not to share” stuff has made internet surfing more fun. I check through the news, but just to keep up with the world without it coming pouring across my screen endlessly. Although I enjoy watching people’s auditions on the various talent shows, I can enjoy it and go one without feeling on obligation to let the world know how good it was.
Since I’ve not been on FB, those hours have been spent working on projects around the house (the sewing room is almost done!), listening to Joshua read, studying the curriculum I’ll be teaching to our church youth this year, and generally enjoying the “politics free” environment I’m not living in. I’ve found I’m feeling more at ease. This morning as I was driving home from town I thought about how much I haven’t even thought of FB, yet realizing as well how much it had invaded my life.
Now, lest someone think I’m living an un-connected life, let me assure you I have one social media outlet–Instagram! However, I’ve made it a private account so that I can be very selective and keep it from getting out of hand like FB did. I have many wonderful friends and acquaintances (let alone family!), but trying to keep up with the 200+ people on FB was a fail and I don’t have any illusions about Instagram being any different. So, if you follow me on Instagram, don’t be offended if I don’t “follow” you back. It’s just that there are certain people I want to be sure I don’t miss–like my nieces and nephews whom I love, but live too far away to see often. Instagram is my picture into their lives and I’m grateful my sister-in-law and oldest niece are so good about posting photos and comments.
The other neat thing about Instagram is that there aren’t any ads–nothing popping up on the sides that makes me cringe or try to aim the screen away from general viewing lest my 9-year old comes into the room. Today he saw a quick video Steph had posted of Tate. We watched it several times and then Joshua asked if he could scroll through the other photos. I realized, with great joy, that I could let him do that! There would be nothing on there that he couldn’t see. In fact, he saw a quote posted by the USCCB from Cardinal Sean O’Malley, “The face of God is merciful. The face of the Church must be merciful. We must be the face of mercy.” Joshua’s response? “Wow!” It gave him something to think on worth thinking about.
I’m not suggesting Instagram is perfect, but I am glad to have a fun bit of social media I can enjoy without it taking over my life or bringing things into my home I don’t want. And I’m rather proud of myself for taking this step and doing something concrete about becoming “the best version of myself.” (Thanks, Matthew Kelley!)