It’s been a while since I have written, and since my last post I seem to have gone a little mad.
Just last week I broke up with my boyfriend via Facebook. Maybe break up isn’t the right word, but I literally became so enraged at his inattentiveness to me on this medium that I de- friended him. That’s right. I’m fucking nuts.
I could dribble on about my reasoning for this, but let’s face it, it’s embarrassing enough that I even did it, why would I validate my madness with dot points (which I could totally do and you would probably see my point a little…. maybe.) Instead I am going to point out just how controlling a medium Facebook has become in my life. Judge me as you will readers but I’m sure (I hope) that some of you have similar habits with facebook and I need to get some understanding around why / how this social media platform is starting to control my life. Unable to commit to that deactivation button I have no other outlet than this blog, and hopefully some comments from any readers (if there are any??)
11 ways to know if you’re a Facebook junkie
- If you read your news feed as a way of waking yourself up (whatever happened to some good old tunes? Blaring some Doctor Dre as I peel my pasty self from my nice warm bed and start the day.. or what about Sunrise? Being able to laugh at all the propaganda they shove down the morning viewers throats.. or the infomercials, wonder bras, or knives that cut through bricks?)
- If you constantly update your status (this isn’t something I do all that much, but I do post way too many lame quotes and funny pictures, a way of trying to reel in the likes?)
- If you log on to a computer, check for any notifications, log off, walk away, sit down and start watching something, then straight away find yourself checking Facebook on your phone (I do this ALL the time – I have nothing to comment on, except.. what the fuck. No Maddie, in the space of 30- seconds you have not had a friend like a photo or write something on your wall)
- If you just scroll through your photos over and over again (I swear this is an ego thing, maybe it’s because I just really like photos, but realistically I think it’s because I like to see the way my profile would portray to others. It’s actually really self conceited to think that an ex lover, or an old friend would randomly just scroll through my photos, I mean, I don’t. Or do I?)
- If you find yourself only looking at the same people. (I have about four people I will check up on at least once every couple of months)
- If you use Facebook as a news source (Enough said, what ever happened to resourcing actual news and different music sites?)
- If you feel the need to take a photo of your outfit every time you go out and post a selfie of yourself looking in the mirror. (I’m proud to say I don’t do this, but granted it’s probably because I never feel like I’ve earn’t it. If I was working out several times a week and had sweet abs I would most definitley feel the need to post that bad boy).
- If you’re constantly checking yourself in to places that people would not give a fuck about. (Seriously, do not check yourself in to bed, it’s not an amazing new place you should be claiming. We’ve all got one, and sleep in it every night also).
- If you go out for an amazing night, and find yourself checking for the photos the very next day (Come on guys, back in the day the photos would need to be printed and put up in your room. Now we check the next day to see how we looked in the club the night before.. tsst tsst.
- If you get annoyed that you’re always the one taking the camera out, because in the back of your mind you know you won’t be tagged in any of them.
- If you think about going out and need to make sure you’re not wearing the same top that you were last tagged in
So if you answered yes to those 11 things, you have made me happy as I know I’m not alone. Obviously I’m the more crazy one given I deleted my bf, who I live with off my Facebook, so rest easy there.
You guys might disagree and feel free to let me know. I envy those people who are so blasé about it, rarely signing in and not giving a shit about photo tags or albums. I’d love to know how they do it though, I have such an addictive personality, it seems Facebook has taken over my life!
I think the important thing is to remember that Facebook can often feel like an extension of ourselves, like it somewhow validates who we are, where we go and what we do. When in reality everyone is so busy, checking there own facebooks that rarely would they even go on to your page, or see your status up date. It’s important to touch base with reality, stop and look outside the bus window. Take time to appreicate the moment rather then trying to snap it up and post it to Instagram. Everyone is unique and gorgeous in their own way, and it’s the time spent around people and taking in the small things that we will truly treasure when we are all old and grey.
Cheers, Facebook Nut – Madz