I had a sort of epiphany earlier this week. It was late in the day on Monday, I had just had 2 glasses of wine...and it hit me. Social networking might me the death of me. I realized at that moment that Facebook (in particular) is pretty useless to me. I can honestly admit that at one point in my life (last week) I would check my Facebook about 6 or 8 times. a. day. (Who am I kidding...sometimes 10.) Seriously. Checking it would be one of the first things I did in the morning and one of the last things I did before I went to bed. And sometimes, if I couldn't sleep, I would check it in the middle of the damn night! For what?! For me to see where so and so had dinner, to see what so and so's doctor said about their rash, to read about someone's hellish day at work, or to see pictures of whatshername's latest flame? Pass.
It's not ALL bad. There are good things that come from it too, but unfortunately it's all the negative that sticks out to me. It all got to be too much. Facebook was leading me to be annoyed for unwarranted reasons, thinking about other people more than I was thinking of myself, and the ocassional Wall stalking of certain folks. (Don't pretend like you don't do it too.) I don't need that. I think I have more people "hidden" than I do those who actually show up in my News Feed. Pretty sad, huh? (Don't worry readers, none of you are hidden. I love all of you. :) ) I also feel like I can't be "myself" on there. My friends list was dictating what I put up and what I didn't put up. I want to use swear words if I feel like it, and I want to post pictures of the funny random things I might see that may or may not be in good taste. I'm makin' a change. If you like me or what I have to (potentially) say, then great! If not...there's an Unfriend button for a reason. I want to live my life for me and although having documentation may be beneficial and kind of cool...it really is unnecessary.
Facebook is so ridiculous. I get the point - good for making connections, keeping in touch, networking purposes, being interactive with friends...I get it. But it's so ridiculous. I was practically posting about my entire life for the whole world to see! The truth of the matter is that no one really cares. If people cared, they'd keep in contact with people outside of a website. "Liking", commenting, Wall posts, blah. It's crap. It's useless. It's a waste of time. And yet........fear not........I will still keep Facebook. Simply because I'm a hypocrite like that. I'm taking a hiatus from Facebooking for now though. I will return eventually...one day...who knows when. Probably tomorrow.
In conclusion, I have cut down on my social networking. I deleted the Myspace, revamped my Twitter (THAT'S the next thing to go...), made this blog private, took useless information off of my Facebook profile, consolidated photo albums, untagged ugly pictures, and trimmed my "friends" list by almost 40 people. And dammit, it felt so GOOD!
Less clutter makes a happier you. Even if it is virutal clutter, it still feels the same.