Sometime after my original rant about Facebook and the monsters it has created-slash-unveiled, I decided to take an unofficial break from our quintessential social network. I did not temporarily deactivate my account, as do some of my friends when they’ve had enough of The Network That Breeds Narcissism. I just avoided checking it more often than on a sporadic basis.
I must say, not subjecting myself to anything more than a cursory scan of that notorious newsfeed has improved my mental health. I hardly ever find myself snarling at my computer screen anymore, and I don’t get the nagging feeling that I’m robbing myself of precious moments of my life by wasting time on tripe. It’s win-win. When I do check my page, I barely make it past the fifth or sixth item in the newsfeed before abandoning the excursion altogether.
If ever I’d doubted my convictions – which, let’s be real, I hadn’t – those brief visits would slap me back into lucidity. The same basic truths still hold: Read the rest of this entry »