Today, I have left Facebook.
Actually, I have left numerous times in the past and decided to go back on it a few months ago purely on keeping in touch with people. It started out okay for a few weeks with the app firmly fixed on the home screen of my iPhone until it became regulated into a folder of 'nonsense'.
What was interesting was my behaviour turning from a commentator of my life into a bitter, critical old fart possibly part of the UKIP. Mindfulness (a technique seems to be storming across the mental health world, I'll write about this one day. Honest.) kicked in noticing what I was doing.
- What am I bitter or critical about?
- How come I have turned into a cryptic, sweeping statement kind of guy?
- Or being so angry all the damn time?
The answer for all of the above was simple.
I was trying to wake people up.
And by that statement, I have seen people become terribly entangled into the world of wondering if they are missing out, the endless scrolling of looking at recent events, catching up on comments from two weeks ago, tagging themselves senseless on photos of where they have been, checking in.
I was too doing the same until I caught myself at it plus noticing the time sink that has disappeared.
Then it delves into the murky world of politics, the hatred of Valentine's day among the singles folks, the couple who post "I love you" while sitting opposite each other, comments that developed into forks of roots branching out to nowhere.
It is a quiet voice from my mental health background to the masses to help people to regulate their time on social media and do something amazing. The simple ideology of helping to do the washing up, make the tea for your other half, being thoughtful, there is so much we can do for today's world.
I believe Facebook has no longer a place in this generation and the next.
We are partially connected throughout on this planet and we should be focusing into the next world of game changers ideas. Who knows that social media time sink is your secret formula to solving whatever is needed? I believe we won't have that long to find out and whatever it is, it's going to make a world a bit happier to live in.