You Want To Quit Facebook — But Will You Really Click The Button?

 Photo by  Marc Schäfer

Photo by Marc Schäfer

Outside the fact that there is clear evidence that numerous fake accounts were created by Russian operatives that were responsible for inciting an ever growing divide during the United States 2016 Presidential election.

Outside the fact that Facebook is a hub for the ever intensifying usage of "click-bait" and propagating of fake news publication.

Outside the fact that there is a psychological correlation between rampant social media usage and higher instances of depression — especially with the youth.

Outside all of that — I have chosen to delete my facebook account.

Perhaps like a lot of people, I have been contemplating doing so for quite some time. 

The reason for quitting the app is a bit deeper than what you might think.

So let's get into it.


The initial thoughts

The beginning of this inquiry was due to the drastic reduction in time I was actually using the platform.

For months, whenever I was opening up the app, I was met with the "red blip" that always noted "99+" notifications. 

Contrary to what you might be thinking here — no…I'm not trying to illustrate how popular I may or may not be with the amount of notifications. 

I believe that Facebook was sending notifications that really have no credence to my life at all. It would be chalk full of notifications about people who I haven't seen or heard from in months (if not years).

Sure, I could keep up with them and keep up with "The Joneses" however, this didn't interest me much. 

As I kept thinking about it, it seemed like more and more I was wasting my time and energy with the platform.


Things started to get deeper

 Photo by  Meor Mohamad

Photo by Meor Mohamad

Like many of you who are probably reading this, I consider myself a creative. 

I am a writer and I run my own successful monetizing blog, I am a ghostwriter, and I enjoy the occasional creative writing expose.

I have read my fair share of books in search of honing in on my creative practices and routines (some that I FULLY recommend are listed below):

And I started to truly get a notion of what Facebook was doing to my life as a creative.

I was becoming more and more input driven than output driven. 

I think this is a pivotal distinction one can make as a creative.


Realizing what's important and what is not

As a creative, one must decide if they are going to take the onslaught of ideas (or as I like to refer to them, "gifts") that cascade his or her consciousness and realize them to the world, or if they are going to let the constant stimuli from outside sources silence their efforts.

In other words…

Are you going to do the work, or are you going to be a product of someone else's?

In a few short years of putting my writing at a paramount in my life and taking the craft seriously, I have come to realize that not much at all can be prioritized above "the work."

And when you come to the realization of this priority, you begin to see that:

  • Your high school girlfriend's third child doesn't affect your life that much.

  • The argument between your second cousin and some member of her community doesn't affect your life that much. 

  • Liking the viral video of the wiener-dog wearing a funny Halloween costume doesn't affect your life that much.

But what does affect your life is the exponential time you've wasted over the last week, month and year (or 10 years) while scrolling that appetizing and endless newsfeed that seems to leave you feeling more empty when you finally leave it. 


It's your life — it's your call

 Photo by  Gus Moretta

Photo by Gus Moretta

That subtitle might seem overzealous and hyperbolic.

But have you taken the time to take inventory of all the wasted time that has passed while on Facebook?

Have you taken the time to realize the shortsightedness that you experienced when you felt inadequate because someone hundreds of miles away was perhaps at what appeared to be a joyous event that you weren't?

As a creative — you have one job above all: To do the work.

I think Steven Pressfield (a hero of mine) puts is perfectly with,

"Put your ass where your heart wants to be. By that, I simply mean if you want to paint, put your body in front of an easel. If you want to write, sit in front of a keyboard." 

— Steven Pressfield

Get off the web and get in front of whatever medium you need to.

And get to work…


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