Facebook is a much needed necessity and important way of life for a vast amount of people these days. In the ever-growing world of social media, Facebook provides so many opportunities that were not around even just a few years ago. When I graduated from high school, we did not have social media as we do now, much like e-mail and cell phones. Twenty-five years ago, it was difficult to keep in touch with friends or people you went to school with as you grew up and moved on with your life. I can guarantee you that if Facebook had been around when I graduated from high school, my life would have been very different.
Facebook provides a level of interconnectedness that otherwise would not exist. I love Facebook for many reasons. It helps me keep in touch with my large family who are located all over the country, puts me in touch with friends and co-workers from years gone by and it has provided me with so many ways to meet new people and become involved with new experiences. Trust me when I say that I have many reasons to be thankful and grateful for the invention of Facebook.
Why do I mention all of this? I mention it because I was starting to think about what my life was like before I was on Facebook. I was thinking about how my life is now versus the pre-Facebook days. Sometimes you don’t realize you need a break from something until you actually get it, and you see how nice it was to just have a little time away. On occasion, I found that Facebook took up more time than it should and I was beginning to neglect or put off important things. What started as a “Let me check Facebook for a few minutes” quickly turned into an hour or sometimes more and, in turn, put me behind schedule in so many ways. Sine this was becoming a small issue for me, I decided to take a few days off from it and see what it would be like.
This “break” was by no means easy – not at all. In all honesty, it was so hard in the beginning. I was shaking and crying and needed to be restrained from logging into Facebook at times (well, not really, but you know where I am going with this). I actually felt a little lonely, disconnected and in a way afraid that I would be forgotten or, even worse, that people would not even know I was gone and– in some cases– this was true.
As the days progressed, it was still hard but it did force me to balance my life and the responsibilities I have. The Facebook vacation was difficult to take. During those few days, I was able to accomplish so much and felt more organized. Now please understand me when I say that I am not saying that Facebook is in any way a bad thing. To the contrary, I think Facebook is a fantastic outlet as long as you do not abuse it or let it affect your other responsibilities and priorities. I am happy to say that I am back on Facebook with a greater appreciation for it. I’m now able to stop looking into everyone else’s life while watching mine fly by. There can be a balance and I’m grateful I’ve found it.