10 SURPRISES WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU STOP CHECKING FACEBOOK

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Ah, social media, the best way to keep in touch with all your friends, family, colleagues and school buddies. Unfortunately the original uses of social media seem to have been put on the back burner, with games, likes, shares, quizzes and even uploading pictures of your dinner becoming the only real thing people seem to do online. Social media has stopped being social and become more anti-social, with people often constantly checking to see if they have new updates, friend requests or other invites, even spending quality time away from more important things in their lives, like family, friends and work commitments.

If any of those things sound like you, maybe it’s time to reel in the social media usage and get back into the real world!

10. YOU’LL GET MORE WORK DONE

With a good number of people actually working on a computer, and even more people having their smart phones with them during working hours, checking your Facebook becomes part of your daily routine, whether you’re at work or not. Putting down your phones and logging off from your Facebook and other social media means that you then have to occupy your time with something else, and in this case… work. Trust us, put down your smart phones and watch all that work you had to do vanish, because you’ll have completed it in an efficient manner.

Who’d have thought a distraction would stop you from working?

9. YOU’LL FEEL LIKE YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED MORE

The one major issue with Facebook and social media in general is that there is always “more to come”. There seems to be an incentive for checking it day in day out, hour by hour, but when you sit back and think about it logically, you’re not really gaining anything other than the feeling of disappointment when you’ve got no notifications, or no likes from all those pictures of your lunch you uploaded! Spending your time on Facebook is denying yourself the feeling of completing something, be it a video game, TV Series or a book. So what are you waiting for? Get away from Facebook and feel accomplished!

What a feeling!

8. FEELING BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF

A joint study between Cornell and Wisconsin University shows conclusive evidence that suggests going on Facebook makes you feel bad about who you are. Reasons include, but aren’t limited to.. no one liking your posts, no one adding you as a friend, no one messaging you or even no one commenting on “how good looking you are” in your latest selfie upload. Another big issue surrounding Facebook, you’re always comparing yourself to how “happy” other people appear on their profiles. Logging on and doing this day in day out is a sure fire way to make yourself feel as low as possible.

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Forget your Facebook, come on and get happy……

7. YOU FIND OUT WHO REALLY ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Online friendships are a piece of cake, logging on every once in a while, “liking” each others stuff, the odd “comment” on their pics etc, easy, right? Well, that’s the whole point of Facebook friendships, the convenience of it. As soon as you say goodbye to your Facebook account, that’s when you’ll truly find out who your friends are. These people will be the ones who still contact you, either by popping round to your house or calling/texting your phone.

Leaving Facebook will certainly separate the wheat from the chaff.

6. YOU’LL UNDERSTAND THAT “LIKE” IS MEANINGLESS

“Liking” things on Facebook once meant that you have actually enjoyed the post you have seen from that person, however, times have changed. Recently, just clicking “like” on a post is just to show everyone else that you have acknowledged it’s existence, rather than actually caring to read or see what it is about. If you were to be an outside observer, watching people who endlessly click on “like” on any and every post they see, you will soon realise that what they “like” online isn’t really what they like in real life.

Can we get a like….?

5. RID YOURSELF OF ANY STALKERS

Due to the ease of access for your social media, and especially Facebook, it only takes a click of a button to go through all your posts, pictures and even your friends list. Even with high privacy settings, Facebook still shows some information about you, with some of it seemingly quite confidential. Facebook tagging even let’s people that aren’t on your friends list see where you have “tagged yourself”into, be that at a restaurant, club or a bar, meaning that, if they so choose, they could turn up and confront you in real life. Ridding yourself of Facebook will cut this out completely almost immediately.

Now, who’s for a quieter, stalker free life?

4. FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL BELONGINGS

A study which was conducted in Germany gave a clear indication that most people are jealous or envious of what their peers have on Facebook. This could be something basic like a new mobile phone, all the way up to feeling jealous about a new relationship or a new home someone has moved into. The problem with Facebook is, whilst it’s always nice to show off your shiny new toy or your pretty new girlfriend, it’s also a place where you’re just going to see all the stuff someone else has that you don’t, creating a cyclical process of feeling jealous, envious or even upset.

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Stop the Green Eyed Monster, get off your Facebook!

3. FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS!

Like the previous piece regarding getting more work done, doing away with Facebook will allow you to concentrate on all those other aspects of your life that might have taken a back seat, due to your social media obsession. Facebook’s addictive nature makes it difficult for you to focus on anything else, with checking your phone, laptop or tablet constantly for updates etc. Well, as soon as you delete your account you’re free from the shackles of Facebook and able to pursue things such as your hobbies, your extra curricular activities or even focus on your love life or getting into shape!

There’s an endless possibility of things to focus on when you step out of the Facebook limelight!

2. BECOME LESS “BRAIN DEAD”

We don’t literally mean brain dead, but what we do mean is that, since all your attention is going on checking, posting and tagging on Facebook, you’re not using your brain to even it’s tiniest potential. When having a Facebook account, you’re literally brushing every other aspect of your life off, with maybe only short glances at reality every once in a while. Even when out and about in public, or with your friends, you will still be glued to your phone, checking Facebook! Doing all these things is removing yourself from the experiences that life has to offer, so stop, take a look at the scenery around you, the architecture, the people, look how amazing it all looks through your eyes, rather than through your phone.

Life is short, live it in real time, not via Facebook.

1. YOU’LL QUICKLY NOTICE THAT YOU WERE NOTHING BUT A STATISTIC

Whilst we all like to think of ourselves as important, or that we matter to others, the simple and harsh truth is, that to Facebook you are just a piece of data to be collated. Your sole purpose for having that account is to interact with the advertisements they put out (which they also tailor to you), to play their repetitive addictive games (again, more adverts) and to spend money on various “in game” things on Facebook’s many profit making browser games.

You are a free person, you are not a number! Go, free yourself.

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