When’s the last time you went on Facebook and DIDN’T stumble across something that disturbed, shocked, or scared you? When’s the last time you scrolled through your Facebook feed and saw nothing but positivity, uplifting messages, and educational posts? When’s the last time you logged on to your account and DIDN’T see some article, post, or video that made you feel angry, sad, hurt, annoyed, fearful, anxious, or worked up?
Never happened to you before? I’m not surprised.
If you have a Facebook profile, chances are your answer to that question is the same as mine: I can’t remember the last time that I went on Facebook and didn’t see something that provoked some kind of negative emotion out of me.
Facebook, as useful and valuable as it is, has really transformed into a social media platform that I am not particularly fond of. Because Facebook, especially after our most recent election, has become a black hole of negativity, drama, disturbing news, and chaos. It’s a super-addictive time-waster full of non-stop negativity that will suck the life out of you for hours and hours on end.
It will destroy your productivity and kill your peace of mind.
How many times have you jumped onto your Facebook feeling as happy as ever only to log out 20 minutes later in a horrible mood because you saw some news article or video that disturbed you or because you saw an offensive status update and got embroiled in a heated online argument?
Negativity on Facebook, and negativity in general, is REAL. It’s so real. And it is a really serious problem—serious enough to dedicate this whole blog post to.
I know this better than most because over the past two years or so, I have gone out of my way to deliberately follow motivational, uplifting, and positive Facebook profiles and pages. And even with all of that positivity in my feed, the positivity still gets drowned out by the negativity. And the happy content always gets drowned out by the sad, angry, frustrated, disturbing, negative, or shocking content.
And the angry voices are always louder and more aggressive than the happy voices.
The fact of the matter is, negativity—in the news, the media, and definitely on Facebook—is still much louder and in-your-face than positivity. And the majority of us who strive for good things for ourselves, our families, our friends, our communities, and our world, are constantly getting dragged into this black hole of negative, dark, disturbing, shocking, and scary online content.
Not only does it hurt your peace of mind, that endless and infinite nature of the Facebook timeline will occupy your time for hours upon hours—to the point where you won’t get anything done at the office or during your off-time.
So what’s the solution?
How To Take Back Your Productivity & Peace Of Mind
The answer is: UNPLUG!
The simplest answer is the right answer: just unplug from Facebook.
Shut it off, shut it down, and shut that negativity out.
If you find yourself getting sucked into that black hole of darkness I described above—if you find yourself losing hours of your time, losing your peace of mind, and losing yourself to the constant drama—make a habit to not only spend less time on Facebook, but also delete the app from your phone.
I’m not saying you should delete your Facebook account. If you feel like deleting your Facebook account is the right move, go right ahead. I’m all for it. That’s probably the only way to totally put your Facebook problems behind you forever.
But if you’re like me and you do still see Facebook as a valuable platform for making important connections with great people, just delete the app from your phone.
I deleted my Facebook app from my phone earlier this year. And I have to say, it has been incredibly helpful for me. I can still use my Google Chrome or Safari apps to log into Facebook if necessary. But the beauty of not having the app is, I don’t get notifications. So without those annoying notifications, I spend a lot less time on Facebook than I used to.
Here’s a solution for limiting your computer access to Facebook: download the StayFocusd and the LeechBlock apps for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (respectively). With these two apps, you will have the ability to completely block your access from Facebook—or any other site that you want to stay away from—for up to a full 24 hours or even weeks on end.
Deleting the app from your phone and using these Internet browser apps to block your access are the best ways to limit your access to the nonstop negativity and drama of Facebook without actually deleting your account.
Because the truth is, we live in a world where negativity—shocking, dramatic, and disturbing headlines—sells more than positivity does. Depressing content is in the news and it’s on social media. As they say: if it bleeds, it leads.
But don’t get it twisted, all of that drama that you see is not an accurate reflection of reality. There are much more positive, uplifting, heartwarming, incredible, and phenomenal stories taking place all around us all over the world.
But the majority of that good stuff is never going to show up on your Facebook feed. So in order to fill your mind up with all of the RIGHT content for maximum happiness and productivity, you have to block your access to social media. And go out and find that content for yourself.
So UNPLUG! Don’t become a victim of the soul-sucking drama of your Facebook feed. Unplug from the negative. And plug yourself into the positive books, videos, websites, shows, and people that will take you higher!
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