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One type of post I really enjoy writing from time to time are the ones where I reflect on my personal experiences. It’s so enjoyable to share the lessons I’ve learned! Through them, I’m able to connect with you guys more, and I learn about myself as well. ❤
Today I’m talking about Facebook and Twitter! It’s been six years since I was last on FB, and three years since I tweeted (haha) anything on Twitter. How do I do it? Well, I’ll let you in on my secrets in this post 😉
Of course, if you’re someone who enjoys using these platforms, that’s totally fine with me! I wasn’t having fun on either website toward the end of my time using them, which is why I left.
This post is not written to persuade you to get off them. What I would like to do is share my experience, and if you can relate, then it’s something we can chat about in the comments!
(Unkindness will not be tolerated, and any remarks intended to hurt me or someone else will be deleted.)
reasons why i’m not on
facebook or twitter (anymore)
I like to start these posts by reminiscing on the fun times I had while using these websites! It may look at first like well, why did you get off if you were having such an awesome time XD but you’ll understand why (well, I hope you do) after reading about why I got off.
I’m learning how to appreciate the fun I had, while also seeing that it’s not worth it to me to stay somewhere where the great experiences are few and far between.
why I joined facebook:
I joined it in 2012 to stay connected with a few girls I knew from another website I was leaving. (There’s a recurring theme in my online habits I’m finding lol) So, I had fun playing Facebook games with them! There was The Price is Right and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader… OH and Caféland! I played that last one by myself, and it was adorable and so fun. I even customized the waiter and cook to look like Zayn and Niall from 1D!
I changed my Facebook cover and profile picture all the time (usually to something cute or One Direction-related), and I shared status updates occasionally but that wasn’t very fun. I “liked” different businesses and websites I enjoyed shopping at and checking out, but the self promotion got tiring and I wasn’t the biggest fan of my Home page.
Fast-forward to 2013, and I had a friend who (in my best interest) tried to reconnect me with another friend whom I’d had a falling out with. It sounded like an okay idea to me at first, but I was quickly reminded of why I’d stopped talking to them. The two of us had different ideas of what our friendship had been like, and the imbalance in how we cared about each other resurfaced. It really hurt, and I think it was shortly after that when I reevaluated why I was still on Facebook and made the decision to leave.
why I left facebook:
- I was no longer playing the FB games
- the friends I had made were just acquaintances
- things got awkward after that re-connection fell through
- I preferred using other platforms to stay up to date with websites and businesses
- I got really tired of the “mutual friend” recommendations
why I joined twitter:
I joined Twitter in 2015 because I loved watching the TV show Poirot. I had the awesome idea to reach out to the actors on there and let them know how much I enjoyed the show! Three of the four main actors in the series were active on Twitter at the time, so I tweeted at them. (That sounds obnoxious for some reason, lol! All I did was tell them I loved seeing them in the show and asked them what their favorite episode to make was.) Well… two of them RESPONDED! I was fangirling all over the place, haha.
Hugh Fraser replied and told me his favorite episode and why (The ABC Murders, if you were wondering!) and Pauline Moran I think said she appreciated my love for the show. I was the happiest 15 year old around, believe you me. xD
That totally boosted my confidence in chatting with famous people! In the months that followed, I bravely (lol) stepped out and tagged famous people to strike up conversation with them. I got a reply from Jim Gaffigan (an American comedian) one time! I also chatted some with the Christian band Leeland, which is awesome because the lead singer and his brother are so friendly.
So eventually, I found my way to the political side of Twitter. People REALLY share what they feel there. At first I was intrigued because there was so much going on and I felt like I was part of the action, but after a while, I was no longer feelin’ it.
why i left twitter:
- I was tired of the unnecessary/amplified negativity
- it felt like everyone else had people to interact with, and then there was me: a lonely potato
- it wasn’t bringing any positivity to my life
- I tried to grow my blog’s audience through sharing posts on there, but that didn’t happen
Sooo the Facebook games were a lot of fun for a while, and it made me really happy to interact with some famous people on Twitter! But when those websites just were not doing it for me anymore, I deactivated and headed out.
I’ll find that it’s more beneficial to invest my time and energy into the handful of websites I really love, instead of splitting my focus between them trying to make many platforms I simply like work.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I enjoyed writing it and
Are you a former user of Facebook and/or Twitter? Why did you decide to leave? Which social platforms do you enjoy using the most? Let’s chat in the comments!