Inst-Book cleanse

Recently deleted my Facebook and Instagram. I love you and am doing fine!

This was a long time coming. Over the past few years I turned into a less frequent user of Facebook and Instagram. I recently came to the decision to deactivate both social media platforms.

My decision is not political. Ironically, I own shares of Facebook (& they are treating me nicely.) After a while, enough is enough.

I want to have real life experiences for myself, without having it qualitatively approved (Liked) by friends and casual acquaintances. The internet provides the perfect backdrop to create a false facade of ourselves. But life is not always perfectly filtered all the time. Real life can be hell and real life can be amazing. I want to feel life. I want to experience life. What I do not want: is to worry if it is worthy of ______ amount of likes. I'm sick of searching for quantitative approval.

Maybe it's my own fault. Maybe I should have just deleted certain friends or acquaintances I met at a party five years ago. I just don't have the time for that. FB and IG just brought more negatives than positives in my life. And believe me, I searched for both. I do love setting mile markers in my life and posting memories. But Facebook is not that for me anymore. It turned into people complaining, sharing poorly investigated/one-sided news articles and content that I saw on Reddit two days prior.

I hope my decision sparks others to have the conversation with themselves and decide if a life attached to others is worth it.

To quote Dinosaur Jr. "you are so occupied with what other people are occupied with."

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