One-Week Facebook Fast

  It's been awhile since the blog has been updated, and if you're my Facebook friend, you might have noticed that I hadn't poste...

 


It's been awhile since the blog has been updated, and if you're my Facebook friend, you might have noticed that I hadn't posted anything the past week, or even had any activity at all. It's because I made the decision to do a one-week Facebook fast. And I'm glad I did.


When I started blogging, the goal was to be different, to find the beauty in the ordinary, to make people appreciate and celebrate every day of their lives. Thus, coming up with "Celebrate Every date!" I wanted to pull people away from the superficial. However, in the process of doing so, I didn't realize that I was the one getting taken out of course. 


I got too focused on pleasing and gaining my followers, slowly setting aside the reason as to why I wanted to influence people and what I really wanted to influence them with. Specifically, I got too hooked on Facebook. Initially, the goal was to promote the blog, expand the influence, stay connected with friends and family, and be updated with current events; until close friends, family, and even officemates started noticing my excessive Facebook usage. And so, I examined my usage of this platform and decided to take the break.


In that week away from Facebook, I realized a lot of things, put to good use a lot of my free time, and (I believe) became a more mature individual. You think it would be an agony? no, it was really refreshing.


I realized that we need to disconnect to REALLY connect. Facebook gives us a shallow sense of friendship. I mean not all your Facebook friends are really your friends. It make us lazy in maintaining ourrelationships  or even reaching out to old friends. Individual love notes become Facebook statuses for all of your 'friends'. Efforts to go out and bond over food become likes/comments on posts and statuses. Tight hugs become *hugs*. Worse, time with loved ones gets taken for granted when we doodle on our phone instead of making worthwhile conversations.


 A weird, sometimes self gratifying, way of socializing has been made on Facebook (actually, even on other social media platforms), where an imaginary social bucket needs to get filled - number of likes on your posts, or number of nice comments on your photos. What's worse is that, as the bucket gets filled, it goes deeper and deeper, making you feel unsatisfaction and insecurities instead of empowerment and contentment. Have you been your true self on Facebook lately? 


Lastly, I learned that no matter how you put it, Facebook will just be a virtual interaction. Human interactions are better and healthier. Let's be conscious, because we might have been missing out on important moments and stories with real people because of our continuous consumption of insignificant bits of information.


Just to make it clear, I'm not saying that you should leave Facebook. I, myself, won't leave either - my work revolves around social media haha. I guess what I'm saying is that we should use it in moderation and know our priorities. To end this post, i'll leave you with the verse I've read during one of my devotions the past week.


"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. - Galatians 1:10"


Evaluate yourself, take a Facebook Fast if you think you need to :)


Share with me your thoughts, and together let's celebrate every date!

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2 comments

  1. Good post ms Dianne! balancing being a youtuber, blogger and other stuff as well.

    Maybe I should do a facebook fast for 2 hours? hehe

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