Life without Facebook
Facebook has taken up the control of our lives dangerously. We let it hold the reins of our happiness and sorrows. Making us stuck at the screens while we miss out on the beautiful things has become a daily routine.
And there goes another vain statement posted on my wall. I spend at least 2 hours a day on Facebook, not to mention the 6 hours on weekend which (read most of times) exceeds this single-digit figure. That means 64 hours a month. To be precise, 768 hours or 32 days a year. Hallelujah! Every year, a month of my life goes straight to the bin totally wasted away in the dismal disguise of social networking. How pathetic!
Know what? These figures may be truly misleading for some friends out there who spend more time on Facebook than I do. Imagine 6 years of your life ( I reckon you would live up to 80 years ) spent on posting picturesque photos edited by some showy Instagram , typing words having no meaning , pressing that killer ‘like’ button to express your eagerness or simply going through your Facebook wall !! I would call it a serious utter waste of life.
Sometimes I think of the past of no-Facebook era when this word had no existence in our short lives. We would interact with our close bosom friends, hang out and enjoy their company. Thanks to Facebook, we are now confined to our homes with our eyes stuck on that screen. We would prefer texting on Facebook to say hi than dropping by our pal’s home. Social Networking? Sarcastically, it’s not. While it’s true that Facebook has brought people close together by bringing them all in one house, for some people it has reduced the level of social interaction between the people. Take the case of a college teen who comes back home from college and at the very first instant turns on his laptop. And he stays on it for nearly 3 hours minimum. All this time, he would not sit with his parents or other elders and hence deprives himself of their precious company. They would see his face only at supper or dinner time. Next day, the cycle begins again. How social. We are depriving ourselves of the blessed companies who love us more than we do.
Picture it! You see cool selfie of someone else and think bad for yourself. You see someone else having a nice lucrative job and think you have done nothing in your career. You see your friend with a hotter body and think why you don’t have one. You read statuses of people touring the world, learning languages, visiting romantic resorts and hotels and wonder why you aren’t! Imagine again the same time spent on painting a pretty face brimming with bright colors with a canvas or camping in the wild nature or merely sitting by the hearth of fire with a cup of coffee in your hands submerged in the kingdom of warm thoughts. I could go at length describing the activities I could do that are far worthy than doing Facebook.
I have disconnected my facebook profile and I’m on my way to delete it completely and the result is a tremendous relief. My day is quieter now and being an introvert I love it. Instead, I write. I compose poetry. I walk. I take photographs. I read book. I spend time with my parents.
Facebook has taken up the control of our lives dangerously. We let it hold the reins of our happiness and sorrows. Making us stuck at the screens while we miss out on the beautiful things has become a daily routine. The situation is even worse for college and school teens .As a result, the disease of ‘fear of missing out’ is spreading sporadically causing most of the teens fall in depression without even knowing it.
Try it for a day! Go a day without Facebook or any other social sites you visit usually. Disconnect from internet world and sit down. Create. Reflect. Compose. Sketch. Take a walk. Read a book. Or just sit alone and think. Lose yourself into it. You’ll love the journey!