I recently had to re-sign in to my Spotify account, something I rarely do because I am one of those people who never logs out of anything. Could be because I’m lazy, could be because I can never remember which password goes where exactly. Probably a good mix of both, but the fact remains that I had to actually log back in to Spotify today, like some sort of person from the stone age who did not have Google immediately remember my information and do it for me. Ugh, how did people live back then?
When I logged back in, Spotify automatically connected me to Facebook. I guess this is something it’s always done, but I never noticed or cared because it’s only been two months since I deactivated my Facebook account. Imagine my surprise when I receive an email welcoming me back to Facebook. Yes, they do that when you leave and then come back. They welcome you back. Probably like a drug dealer welcomes you back to the den. “Don’t you want to see what your friends and family think about politics and religion? Mmmm… feel that red hot heat flowing through your veins? That’s the good stuff!”
Blerg. No thank you. I am done. I spent five minutes dancing with the demon time-suck when I went back to deactivate, and that was enough. I no longer care where you went to dinner, or what you think about the latest sporting event, or how many babies you have. Sorry, if I like you enough, I’ll already know these things. I have spent the past seven weeks actually reaching out to people through messenger (yes, you can still have messenger with Facebook), and text. I ask them about their days, their kids, their lives. We send pictures and joke, and we don’t have to have the whole world see what we are discussing. We don’t do it for show, or to elicit responses from that girl I knew in high school who was kind of mean to me the one time I talked to her, but sort of seems like she’s okay now.
It’s amazing. Do it. Cut that demon off and tell it to go back to the spiraling vortex of internet time-suckage where it belongs. Enough wasting your time scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Get back to the people you care about. Talk to them directly. Don’t settle for the shiny Facebook persona that so many people (including myself when I was posting multiple times a day) shine for everyone to see. No one is that person all of the time.
Get off of Facebook and do something. Go outside. Learn to crochet, or paint, or bake. Actually look your children in the face when they talk to you. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in those hours you’re currently wasting.