Part I – Breaking Out of the Cell


“I don’t go on Facebook much. I’m too busy living life.”

The above quote was from a friend who though she has a Facebook account, doesn’t utilize it much.  She’s not the only person I know that doesn’t. A lot of people I know in my real life are not slaves to social media. What do these people have in common? They lead interesting lives that I only know about through other means of communication such as a phone conversation or a face-to-face conversation.

That statement always stuck with me.  I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been looking through my Facebook and Instagram feeds more than I had in the past. It dawned on me that I was doing it out of boredom.

I made a decision to become one of those people who break the chain that attaches me to my phone.

  • Facebook would be the first thing I’d curb.

I find very little of interest in my feeds. Partly because of the algorithm that shows me the same handful of people over and over. I have to scroll pretty far in my feed to find people that don’t show up. Sometimes I have to physically go to their page.

A lot of the stuff I read is angry and depressing

. Not unlike the local news (which I nixed months ago). I made the decision to not have that negativity pumped into my home via the TV, so why would

I still visit Facebook, but I don’t post much an

ymore. Why? Because I don’t have anything of value to add. Why pollute feeds with stuff. No one cares anyway. I don’t post angry/negative stuff (usually—well a vent here 

and there). I try to post upbeat/positive things. Which go largely ignored. Why? Because people don’t want to be made to feel good. They want to drag through the negativity of life.

My daughter doesn’t even use Facebook anymore. She and other young people say we, the older generation, have taken over…with cats and kids. I disagree. I think we’ve taken over with annoyance and anger.

  • Instagram is next, but it’s not a problem.

Using Instagram is not new to me, but I’ve only started upping my use of it recently. Why I like this form of social media better than Facebook is because I have more control. Especially since they instituted the use of #(hashtag) following.  Now my feed is filled with things I actually want to see, and I find interesting.

So the problem here is because I find it interesting, I’m on it more than I’d like. When I’m bored, this is my go to social media site.  I post my own photos to it, but I mainly look. My feed is filled with inspiration and uplifting photos/quotes…that can be addicting. 

I found this demographic information from 2013. Though it is 5 years old, it is still quite interesting to see that everybody is pretty even across the board. Race, Sex, Education, Age…Everyone is equally addicted.

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