Thursday, July 26, 2012

Social Networking Cleanse + Instagram Photos

1. Beautiful roses from our backyard.  2.  My best friend Traci and I at the art walk before her departure for her trip around the world!  3. My brother Jim and I at our cousin's for the 4th of July.  4. Breakfast.
I am seriously contemplating deleting my Facebook account.  This isn't something I throw out there lightly.  It has never actually crossed my mind to delete it until now.  I asked my friend Sarah her thoughts on this and she said she had also been thinking about doing so!  It seems as though I use it primarily to keep up on gossip and to compare my life (good or bad, intentionally or unintentionally) to others, and that just isn't necessary.  

Last night I went through and deleted over a hundred friends.  I worried I might make some of them feel bad by doing so.  In reality, though, they may never even notice I deleted them.  If I could I would delete a large portion of family whom I don't speak to over FB anyways, but that might really ruffle some feathers and add unintended drama.  There is really only a small pool of people that I would keep if I could get away with it.  People I know from long ago and far away whom I adore dearly and do not correspond with elsewhere.  At first I thought I'd rule out people I don't talk to in "real life", but in my travels and years I have made some dear friends whom I just don't talk to in real life, but want to still keep close- via the interwebs, at least.

This morning I already felt a weight lifted from my shoulders.  My goal in this process (of cutting back or deleting it all together) is to weed out the Negative Nancy's and Carl Complainers (I was going to go with Carla, but I wanted to make sure to represent both genders in the negative complainer ways).  They are obnoxious and I refuse to be berated by their nonsense.  Especially with this being an election year, I don't think I could have picked a more perfect time.

I am one to check my email throughout the day.  I am one with Pinterest and Instagram, and I don't believe I would wish to live in a world without Google Reader.  I do not miss Myspace (deleted that years ago) and I plan on deleting my Google+ account because I really never (ever) use it.  There is a very quiet and small spot in my heart left for my Live Journal account, though most of the very few friends I had on there have since abandoned theirs.  Is it possible to live in the world today without a Facebook account?

As I scrolled through my friends list last night I noticed a number of friends have cancelled their accounts as well.  This was encouraging.  I'm not alone in this desire to jump ship!  There's more thinking to be done, but perhaps I'll skip the thinking and just do it.  We shall see!

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