Nope, I’m still not interested in social media.
Labour Day, 2019. I remember it well. I found myself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook.
I’m very sociable, love to chat with people, but prefer to spend time alone or with my partner or sons. I ditched my large extended family years ago – phew!
I observed myself. I watched the emotions generated by the images and stories I was scrolling through.
And decided I had enough.
I teach social media and am well aware of its value as a marketing tool. But it was not making me happy, not one little bit.
So I quit.
There and then.
I deactivated my Facebook account for a month. When it reactivated itself I didn’t close it down, I just turned off every notification and ignored it. I check events every couple of weeks, but that’s about the extent of my engagement.
You know something? I don’t miss it, not one little bit.
I kicked myself off Instagram as well – same mindlessness, same feelings of disinterest.
I was sitting with a group of people and one asked if I’d seen a photo on Facebook. I remarked that I had ditched social media. All eyes turened to me. Open mouths. No words. Until someone tried to insist that it was only temporary, that I couldn’t just quit.
But I did.
No interest in returning.
And I still don’t miss it.
Try it sometime.