So, this has been an interesting experiment. I set out to explore the effects of social media identity on society, but I mainly ended up finding out more about my own social media identity through my Facebook “ten day ban” and own research.
I noticed that heaps of people have quite negative opinions about why they use Facebook as a social media platform and how much they dislike it with the changing privacy issues and the over sharing of some of their FB friends, however nobody is really willing to take the leap and delete their page. I place this down to FOMO (fear of missing out), as the main reason for not cutting ties with Facebook, because most people use it as a calendar and to find out about events.
Even though I only deleted my Facebook for ten days, I personally found it quite liberating. Even now that I’m back on it, I noticed that I don’t check it as often as I used too. I feel like Facebook was a bit like that clingy annoying girlfriend that everyone knows – it is good to get some space. But like the overly attached girlfriend, Facebook kept wondering where I was, what am I doing, and aren’t I sad that I’m missing out on stuff!? (Answer: no, I don’t give a flip).
However, I do feel as though I am somewhat hypocritical … as even though I did have a Facebook break, I know personally that there is no way in hell that I’m going to bit the bullet and fully delete my Facebook account. I can kid myself and say “oh, maybe in a little while” or “maybe when the privacy settings get too weird” but I honestly don’t think it will ever really come to that.
Like the overly attached girlfriend, I have come to rely on Facebook because she makes me feel good.
In relation to my previous post I also noticed that when I wasn’t on Facebook, I was spending more time on Twitter and Tumblr. Due to this, my followers on both those platforms have increased. I now feel like posting more on both of these websites because I don’t want to let down my new super awesome followers.
In conclusion, Social Media has a horrible hold over all of us and there is no use resisting. However, it is fun to occasionally take a break and not log in for a while. Get some space, my friends. You’ll be happier for it.