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AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Hey lovelies!

What’s your thoughts on facebook? Do you have one? Why/why not?

I’ve had one for about 3 years, but I’m considering deactivating it. It’s been nice for a time, I’ve connected with and gotten to know people better, but I feel like it may be time to get off. It’s really distracting. I find myself mindlessly scrolling through posts whenever I have a spare moment.
I don’t post that much, but when I do I find I’m really obsessed with how many people “like” my status/photo/whatever. I want real life, i don’t want to live solely for how much people “like” what i do.

The reason I’m hesitating about deleting it is because I’m part of several groups on fb, so it makes it easy to keep up with my activities, invites to places and events. Also, if I don’t have a person’s phone number that i need to get in contact with it’s easy to just find them on facebook and message them.
So….thoughts?! 🙂

January 9, 2016 at 13:45
May93

May93

I have a Facebook. I think the messages and groups are nice for keeping in contact with friends. And it’s sometimes useful to like my favorite shows & bands so I can keep up with them. But I’ve noticed that the newsfeed rarely shows me what I actually want to see. It mostly shows me pictures that random friends have liked but that come from pages I care nothing about. I’ve missed episodes of TV shows before because Facebook didn’t show me the pages’ posts about them coming up. So I’d assume I’m also missing a lot of the things my friends actually post.
And I don’t post much on it either because I always obsess over what other people are going to think of what I say. It’s just more stressful than necessary for me.

Anyway, it sounds like changing the way you use the site could help fix your problem. Stop looking through your newsfeed as much & only use your Facebook for contacting people and keeping up with events. If you want to see what a specific friend has been posting, you could visit their page. Then you’d be using the parts of Facebook that are helpful to you & avoiding the parts that aren’t.

January 9, 2016 at 14:32
Mandi Pi

Mandi Pi

I have the same problem, AGirl! Facebook is my main (only) source of news, and sometimes I stumble across interesting/important videos or articles that my friends have posted…But I have the same issue with spending way too much time just scrolling through, looking for good stuff.

You said you scroll through posts whenever you have a spare moment, so am I right in assuming that you mainly use FB on your phone? If so, I suggest simply uninstalling the app from your phone, or at least removing it from your home screen. That way you’re not tempted to use FB for pointless things, and when you do need to use it for important things, you can just get on your computer.

January 9, 2016 at 17:20
spyder

spyder

Mandi Pi spittin’ straight wisdom.

For real though, if you just limit your access to it like she said, you may be able to find a balance between deactivating it and becoming consumed. I think that would be ideal. I totally have the same problem; it’s great for many things, but when you spend hours and hours on it – too much.

January 11, 2016 at 00:39
PolkaDot

PolkaDot

What Mandi said! Maybe make it to where you only use it on your laptop/desktop at home?

January 11, 2016 at 22:17
Mandi_lee2014

Mandi_lee2014

I was going to say the same thing that Mandi did. Along with some of the other advice. Because FB is a good way to stay in contact but it can become an addiction. Maybe fast from FB for a month or so, keep the app off your phone and then after a month go back but keep it off your phone. Maybe that will help. And maybe done post so you don’t obsess.

January 17, 2016 at 12:33
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful responses, I appreciate it!! 🙂

January 22, 2016 at 08:47
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