I’ve quit Facebook.

Actually, I’ve left all social media — Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest. All of it.

Here’s why I left:

Social media wasn’t bringing me happiness.

In fact, it was usually doing the exact opposite.

I had some great interactions, even made a few new friends, but overall social media led to all kinds of negative mojo for me — the fear of missing out, feeling like I’m not enough (or not doing enough), feeling like my family and my life are the only ones with real problems, etc.

I know this is all complete bullshit and all in my head. But I gotta tell ya, as much as I’d love to let go of all of that bad mojo, it continues to weasel it’s way back into my brain.

I stayed on social media for so long because, as an author and content creator, I thought it was a way to reach more and more people.

That is no longer true.

Most social media users look at the pretty pictures and MAYBE read a headline. Very few ever click through to read a full blog post or engage on any deeper level. I know this for a fact because I’ve seen the stats on the content I share.

I didn’t make this decision lightly. I had been thinking about it for months, maybe longer. In fact, for YEARS I had declared a love/hate relationship with Facebook. It took a while, but I finally realized that just ain’t healthy.

So, I said adios. Not to my friends. Not to my life. Not to my superpowers. But to the soul and time-sucking social media platforms that were actually keeping me from living my best life.

Now my main forms of communication are my blog, weekly emails like this one, and (gasp!) talking to people face-to-face. It’s old-school, I know. But without a doubt it is exactly what I need to do.

I did keep my LinkedIn profile active, because I use that as more of a business professional directory. And, honestly, I don’t interact on it except to respond to direct messages.

I’m sure I’ll miss everyone’s birthday and my silly cat video consumption has dropped to zero, but I can live with that.

By the way, I’m not telling you all of this to encourage YOU to quit social media. That’s your choice and your life. I’m sure plenty of people get much enjoyment out of social media without the bad mojo I described above.

You do you. This is me doing me.

Here’s to a life of adventure, reinvention, and not being afraid to jump off a scary cliff once in awhile.

Superpowerfully yours,

mark henson mark only signature

3 replies
  1. Heather
    Heather says:

    SO much this. I’ve considered doing the same, yet all of the online biz courses I’ve taken say that to be relevant, I NEED to maintain a strong presence on social media. I struggle with that, however, and have considered leaving to save time (though I log on to FB maybe twice a week), maybe every other month to Twitter, and on Instagram when a friend texts me to view their story (which I’ve already seen in pics via their texts!). I don’t have time, and I need to preserve what little I do have, as well as maintain some sort of peace of mind. Social media seems to be replacing real relationships, and hasn’t overly enriched the ones I do have. If anything, it has become a distraction, time waster, and offender. Thank you for bringing this back to front of mind consideration and prayer for me. I’ll look forward to your ongoing emails and blog posts! Enjoy your new social media free freedom!

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  2. Farid Healey
    Farid Healey says:

    My husband and I took the plunge 5 months ago! At first it was strange and we both kept reaching for our phone as if something was waiting for us. You don’t realize how time consuming and addicting it is till you deactivate all your accounts…

    We LOVE it! We will NEVER go back!

    One more note… We interact with one another more and live a more peaceful life.

    Ahhhhhhhh… Just like the good old days!

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  3. Andrea Clute
    Andrea Clute says:

    This post was so helpful to me, as I was already feeling like I needed to limit how much time I spend — almost always aimlessly — on social media. After reading this, I decided that instead of opening up Facebook or Instagram when I wanted a quick break or to check in on someone, I would text, call, or email someone. And it’s been FREAKING AMAZING. Just that little effort has brightened my days and the days of others. Moments of connection, even brief ones, are exponentially more rewarding than hitting “Like” on someone’s post. Thanks for sharing your authentic self and your superpowers with us!

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