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It has officially been one year since I logged off of Facebook. Here’s what I’ve learned.

  • People will tell you to your face that they “miss your posts” but they won’t try to find out what happened to you or where you went.
  • People will also have not paid enough attention to your posts to know that you even left at all.
  • You are just a number. How many friends do you have.
  • Even if they were informed of your absence people will still assume you know about something they only know from Facebook.
  • There are people who will say they miss seeing your child’s pictures. Which is both annoying that they only want to see the Kid’s pictures, and creepy that they want to see the Kid’s pictures.
  • You do not miss the drama, “what I’m thankful for” posts, the pictures of famous people with quotes they never said superimposed over their faces, and the shared posts that are false information.
  • The time you would have spent on Facebook transfers over to other places, so you are still literally wasting time on social media.
  • People still don’t care or acknowledge your posts even if they’re on your “professional” page.
  • You do become less worried about what other people think but it never actually goes away.
  • You are significantly less likely to post something you’ll regret, that may or may not pertain to your primary means of employment.
  • The absence of hate for other people is refreshing and a relief. You only have to deal with the lingering and burning hate you have for aspects of your own life.
  • Lack of political argument has Ben positively delightful.

Simply put I highly recommend taking a sabbatical from social media. I haven’t completely left because I think I can make a name for myself in blogging and such. But that’s not gonna happen. But I’m a glutton for punishment so sue me.