I think I've just had an "aha" moment. I read this article and suddenly had an epiphany.
Facebook is a background noise that distracts me from living.
I've given the idea of quitting Facebook some serious consideration in the past --in fact, I did quit (for less than a week) a year or so ago--but I've been wrestling a lot more with the idea lately. In fact, I've been wrestling so much, that it feels like a UFC fight inside my head.
I've begun to imagine what my life could look like without Facebook and I like that vision. I am overstimulated by mostly useless information, that I admit makes "real life" feels rushed and diluted. It is like I see life in washed out colors instead of vivid technicolor. That's sad. I am guilty of wasting too much time checking in, posting an occasional status and reading others statuses, videos, articles, songs.
I have a list of things (a mile long) that I can/should/want to be doing instead of Facebook. Here are the first 15 that came to mind:
go to church/read my bible
meal plan and cook
begin the afghan I have the yarn and pattern for
spend time outside (riding my bike, taking a walk, hiking)
meet friends for coffee, drinks, lunch, dinner, breakfast
work on my writing
call family and friends
make jalapeno jelly
home projects (that are an entire list of their own)
I wholeheartedly agree with the points made by the author in her article (above). I confess that logging onto Facebook often manages to irritate me more than anything else. I get enough irritation at work and just working through the challenges in life in general without additional "self-inflicted-stupid-Facebook irritation" --why has it taken so long for me to figure that out?
That being said, I am grateful for Facebook for the continuity I have with my family and friends who live out of state--most importantly, with my children and grand-babies that I see and talk to on Facebook everyday and I don't want to lose that.
So it's time for me to adjust the balance and fine tune my priorities.