Why We Could All Benefit From Taking A Break From Facebook


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While you were on Facebook, the world went by.

Recently a friend came over and mentioned how she was feeling so great because she had deactivated her Facebook account. This got me thinking and inspired me to give it a try and deactivate my own account. It has been 5 days and my plan is to go for a week and I am feeling extremely satisfied with this decision that I made. I’ve really began to notice just how much life that I am missing out on while on Facebook.

Facebook was taking up a lot of my time. Aside from work that I do on Facebook promoting Collective Evolution I would catch myself mindlessly scrolling through the news feed, clicking on someone’s random photo, and find myself 40 minutes later still scrolling through pictures of people that I hardly know or don’t even know at all. (Come on you’ve done it too :P) And for what? What purpose does this serve? Well, absolutely none. It is completely mindless activity and basically only serves as a great way to waste time, and that’s what I had been doing. Wasting a lot of time and procrastinating. I would open up my computer in the morning with the intention of starting research for a new article, but then Facebook would be open on my browser and I would end up scrolling away through the news feed and of course, checking each notification that I had received. Sure you may say, ‘Well can’t you just control it and just not go on Facebook?’ Well yeah I could, but I wouldn’t. It was so easy to just get sucked right into the screen. It was almost habitual, and a part of my daily routine. I guess the lives of others were seeming to be more interesting than my own. The silliest part about all of this is from time-to-time I wonder ‘does anyone even know I left?’

There is something however to be said about Facebook and the ‘Truther/Spiritual/Whatever you wanna call it, revolution.’ After all, without this device I probably would not be here in Toronto working with Collective Evolution. Facebook can be used as a great tool for sharing information and networking with like minded people and getting groups together. But at the same time, I think Facebook is creating something where people are more so all talk and no action. We may feel comforted by the fact that our Facebook friends understand us and we have somewhere to turn to when no one else understands you, or the people in your daily life don’t have the same beliefs or truths as you we can always count on our like minded buddies online. In this way, it is actually hindering us from facing our issues head on and facing challenges as they arise, some of us use Facebook to escape our daily lives. Truth is, you and everyone else with a Facebook account can be anyone they want to be behind a screen. Until you actually meet these people in person you don’t really know them. Many people create an alter-ego via their Facebook profile most likely because of low self esteem, maybe they don’t feel that their true self has enough to offer.

Another thing to think about, what if Facebook were to be shut down? Then what would we do? I feel that it is very important that we actually make real connections and real plans with people in our lives. If we want to change the world we have to MAKE IT HAPPEN, not just talk about how nice it would be on Facebook.

I challenge everyone who reads this to try and go a week without Facebook. I am not saying go deactivate your account, like I did, but stay off of it for 1 week and see how you feel. Trust me, it’s worth it. It will free up time in your day that you may have forgot you even had. I am hoping for myself, that this week off will break some of the habits and patterns so that now when I re-activate my account I can use Facebook in a new way, and a lot less. Before you take a break, I recommend that you make sure that you have the emails of the people who you communicate with on a regular basis, because I realized, I don’t even have my closest friends emails! All communicating is done on Facebook now!

So, good luck! I hope this brings some peace, time, motivation and clarity to your life!

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  1. MJR

    Good article. I’ve gone months at a time without logging on to Facebook or only logging on once in a while and I survived, lol. However, I didn’t have Facebook growing up. I didn’t have texting. I didn’t even have a cell phone until I was 19, I think, maybe 18. I think this task would be more difficult to those who grew up immersed in this online world. I mean I still had chat rooms and AOL Instant Messenger, but for communicating with people I knew “IRL” it was mainly face to face or on the phone. A house phone. I’m tempted to try this because even though I have gone long periods of time without Facebook, I don’t know that it would be easy for me to do right now. It seems to be a habit. When I get home, I automatically go on Facebook. I have no problem getting As in school right now, but I do tend to procrastinate on my homework and end up rushing to get it done. In fact I’m procrastinating right now. I ended up reading this because it showed up on Facebook. Funny. I think I’ll go do my homework. Thanks for the article.

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    • ann

      You make me laugh. I didn’t get a cell phone until I was 28.

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  2. Haven’t done this in a while. Going for it! :)

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  3. linda wylie

    i agree 100%…i have been thinking along those lines for a while now…what i would like to add is that i see it fb also as a way to keep us form our local community from being with the ones that will be with us when the shtf….its as much of a distraction as anything and i feel its part of the program just as every thing in the matrix is….meet great folks no doubt learned so much woken up so much more deeply but now its about living that truth….being in the life here sharing locally the truths i have gathered here….we all know its a lie and we keep it supported by taking sides and posting all about what is not true in the first place…..we need to stop talking so to speak and step up to the plate…..we need to stand together more that ever….in our local place meeting sharing becoming community this is what will save us……thank you for beginning the conversation….everything here is manipulated…..time to step out of the program and let it fall for without our participation it has to fall…when we cease to be lie ve it anymore and look within for the answers life will unfold differently…..

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    • - Collective Evolution

      I feel the same way as you do Linda about how Facebook is keeping us from community, it has the illusion of bringing us together, but in many ways it is actually keeping us more isolated. People need to be thinking of ‘a back-up plan’ so to speak so that if Facebook is ever shut down, we can still get together with the people and continue to actually create major change on the planet. Much love :)

  4. Yolanda Larkin

    Great article! Definitely feel the same way sometimes! I have deactivated my account for about 3 weeks once. It did so much good for me. I often think of doing it again. Your article/story has brought that action to the surface again. Thank you for sharing your perspective with all of us. Good food for thought.

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