I deleted my Facebook account and professional page yesterday. I did not deactivate it, I deleted it, ended it, terminated it and it feels liberating! Albeit must admit it feels a bit lonely here today. No news, no drama, no sweet or funny animal videos, no events, no disasters, no horrific slaughtered whale pictures, no more articles about how to recognize a narcissist, no more adverts for useless gadgets, nada. Yet no inspirational pictures either, no interesting articles to share, no chit chat, no connection. Am free, yet this freedom comes with a taste of withdrawal symptoms. Even though I have plenty to do and write, my step is a bit uncertain, as if something is missing, and suddenly I feel that there is all this empty ‘space’ in my life.
Having said that I do feel extremely relieved. Relieved to have closed the door permanently to every single existing or possible grumpy Smurf who might have awoken on the wrong foot on any given day, those who may feel like debating what they are passionate about and see opportunities to do so even in posts that are irrelevant to the subject, ending up having me confused and them all worked up as well as those few ones who may need a straightjacket instead of a FB account and so on. I feel happy for not exposing myself to horrors that stay in my mind all day, for protecting myself from becoming upset, for putting some boundaries around myself and focusing on being creative, productive and enjoying the day.
Most people do not get affected by all the inevitable garbage that comes with social media, some even enjoy it, and others have become thick skinned to it and simply do not care. Unfortunately I do not belong to any of these categories, therefore I needed to protect myself, my serenity, my health. I cannot and do not want to get involved in any of the drama, the anger and the baggage of other people on FB any more. Am tired of trying to help by offering ideas and information and to be sweared at from every disturbed person who may choose to do so to relieve themselves from whatever tension they may be experiencing on any given day. I can do without the attitude, the misunderstandings, the negativity and the confusion, the aggression, the bullying and the misperceptions as well as having to explain myself for the obvious.
As for my professional FB page, even though it was an immense pleasure for me all these years to post and share beautiful pictures and interesting articles, there was never enough participation from my followers to make it viable and it certainly did not bring me any clients. There is also that problem with FB, whereas if people do not consistently click on a page, it ceases to show up in their feed. I too, lost many of the pages I liked and followed after a while, because as everyone else I had liked so many of them that I couldn’t possibly keep up with them all and the FB system ended up trickling only 3-4 pages that I liked on my feed. So all in all FB did not prove to be a good option for me in that light.
On the other hand Pinterest is much more useful for me because it allows me to collect and Pin all the photos that I like and want to share with my clients and for them to be able to see them all collected in one place at any given time. This way, we can work together even online and do all the preliminary work that needs to be done before engaging in any redesign project. So basically am using Pinterest as a place to collect different categories of pictures that I can share with clients and it works fine.
Instagram is another big one in social media, but for the life of me I have not managed to get what is the whole point and big fuss about it other than sharing pictures with others, which one can do anyway on FB. So I deleted my account only three days after I tentatively opened it. As for Twitter, am really not interested in it at all in any way, shape or form. I can already see some eyebrows raising here…Do not take me wrong, I do not doubt that each social medium has a specific function and usefulness for specific people and that is fine. My point is that am wondering how many of us are actually using the right one for our needs and how many of us remain lingering in social media that do not offer us anything.
NOTE: Would like to make a correction here, as I have since joined Twitter and have become a great fan. It is quick, to the point and great to share information and news.
Furthermore, am wondering how much time do people spend on them and how much of that time is time they consciously want to spend or whether they could spend it in different and more pleasurable ways. And yes, this is coming from my love for simplifying and streamlining both my own life as well as that of my clients. Social media decluttering is something that may prove to be exceptionally useful, freeing and relieving. I do not say get rid of everything, even though by all means do so if you feel like it, all am saying is pick and choose the best for you, the ones that make more sense and that are the most useful to you, the ones that bring you the most pleasure, joy and quality time.
Happy social media clearing and decluttering!