I tried to quit Facebook twice last year, but came back, much to the chagrin of all of my friends who made fun of me for leaving. I quit because I was wasting too much time. My downfall is constantly checking the news feed for fun pictures, weird news stories, and things that will make me laugh. Fortunately there are places like Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit that satisfy all of those needs, but I digress. I was also spending too much time discussing with friends and family things I saw on Facebook, i.e. vaguebooking, snark, misinformed political information, and unwarranted negativity.
Today I want to share one reason I continue to stay. Last December, Facebook connected me with a college friend that I hadn’t seen in almost 10 years. It made me realize it might be worth it to hang on to my account.
It was a Saturday, and I was getting my hair cut in SoHo. While I was under the dryer, I saw on Facebook that my friend Therese was in town with her wife and they were hanging out in Brooklyn. I messaged her, and within minutes we were chatting about meeting for drinks. I left the salon and went to Cobble Hill where we spent a lovely three hours catching up. Facebook, how could you do this to me? Now I can NEVER leave!
Facebook can bring out the worst in people, but in this instance, I felt it performed as it should by enriching my life. I hope to regain more of this enrichment and positivity as I continue my use of Facebook through 2014. I find I have been wasting less time, which is definitely a step in the right direction.