Why I’m detoxing from Facebook in March

I’ve decided to remove myself from Facebook for all 31 days in March, and I’m completely serious.

Let me explain…

Lately, I have seen Facebook as a far greater negative energy suck than a positive energy source in my life. In the name of setting boundaries, I am committed to completely eliminating it, in hopes that I will detox from the negativity.

Let’s be honest, Facebook is a time waste. How many times have you gone to “just check your notifications,” and then, 30 minutes later, you’re continuing to scroll through some random thread you found about some REALLY interesting topic? (more on this below!)

In the name of vulnerability, Facebook brings up major ego thoughts of judgement and criticism towards myself and others. I’ve gone back and forth about what to say about this, because my goal isn’t to go down a rabbit hole here. But I will say is this: If you don’t feel some sense of anxiety/fear/judgement when you go on your Facebook feed or groups, please contact me and let me know your secret path to staying zen in such a chaotic space.

Also, I have some serious text neck from looking down at my phone all of the time. I know that this isn’t just because of using Facebook, but I can tell you it’s a strong component. Here’s to looking up and out!

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About a month ago I stumbled on the ebook Digital Detox ,which argues that we need to take a detox from all technology, period. Here’s the quote from the book that sucked me in…

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You wake up in the morning and immediately reach for your phone. You check for new emails and texts despite having no urgency to do so. Satisfied that you haven’t missed any important messages, you log onto Facebook. You check to see whether your friends posted any updates while you were sleeping. the rest of the day follows the same course. Your phone buzzes, signaling the arrival of a new text and you find yourself unable to resist checking it. You receive a notification in your browser that a new email has arrived and you immediately drop everything to read it. You visit Facebook, promising yourself that you’ll only spend a few minutes, only to surf aimlessly for an hour.

Damon Zahariades; Digital Detox: The Ultimate Guide to Beating Technology Addiction, Cultivating Mindfulness, and Enjoying More Creativity, and Balance in Your Life!

Yep, that’s me, and while it’s nearly impossible to detox from your smartphone entirely for a whole month, I have decided that tackling the biggie that is Facebook is a great place to start. Especially because he also says in the book:

Scientists have discovered that constant exposure to websites like Facebook and Twitter can alter the brain, affecting the ability to process emotions. It can also lead to restlessness, negative self-image, a decline in happiness, and in extreme cases, depression.

Ok, so I’m not crazy. This stuff is real!

Damon Zahariades says that by doing a digital detox, you’ll:

  • get better sleep at night
  • experience better short term memory
  • improve your interpersonal social skills
  • enjoy reading actual books
  • have better impulse control
  • curb non-productive multitasking

Sounds pretty good to me!!!!

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Here’s how I’m going to prepare for this detox:

  • I’m going to delete the Facebook App and Facebook Messenger from my phone. (gulp!)
  • Block facebook.com from my browser on my phone (you can do this through Screentime settings on iPhone)
  • Block Facebook from my computer browser (using an add-on)
  • Set an auto-respond message for my Facebook business page that mentions my Facebook Detox. Email only for one month 🙂

Then I’m going to live my life, expecting to combat FOMO head on. Hopefully I will have lots of things to share – My blog is connected to post to my Facebook, without having to actually open Facebook, so I will still be able to post through my blog during the month.

Alright, it’s now or never!

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