I’ve Been off Facebook for Two Months (and Counting)

The good, the bad, and lessons learnt

Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash

I needed a break.

However, it wasn’t as if I could take a complete break — I happen to be in charge of Public Relations for a student club and needed to keep our Facebook page running. How can I achieve that and stay sane?

Did it work?

Yes and no. Even though I stayed off Facebook, my desire to stay connected with the rest of the world had me being more active on Twitter. Thankfully, the #AcademicTwitter community made me feel that I’m not alone. That moment when you feel so frustrated after a meeting? Been there, done that. That moment when your experiment finally works? Let’s celebrate!

Yes, it might seem as if I’m living in a bubble,
but it’s a relatively safe bubble to be in.

Could I stay away from the drama completely?

No. The ease of sharing information on multiple platforms at the same time meant that some of the Facebook drama leaked on to the other sites I use; WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, etc. However, over time, I noticed that I paid less and less attention to it.

Would I continue doing it?

Probably yes! I’ve enjoyed much more peace of mind than I used to. Yes, I miss out on some beautiful moments in my friends’ lives, but the ones who truly want to interact with me will find a way — be it through a call or a text message just to say hi.

Does this mean you should do it too?

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

  1. Less irrelevant drama
  2. More time to enjoy real life
  1. Losing touch with friends
  2. Missing all the memes and fun otter videos! 😭

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