February 12, 2015 by Isaac Hovet
In November, I chose to go off Facebook—to turn my face away from the overwhelming world of social media. I was gone for 3 months.
And. I. Loved. My. Time. Away.
And, I will be doing it again. Soon and frequently I am sure.
Here is what I learned and why I will do it again:
- Facebook lures me into thinking I am more influential than I really am. As a pastor and a person interested in the betterment of society and individuals, I am looking for ways to connect and influence people. Having 2,300 ‘friends’ leads me to think they, in some way, should or could be influenced by me. But, being away from the F-Book realigned my perspective: I have the most influence with the people I can touch, hug, high five and listen to in person.
- Facebook is a great place to focus on my image. More friends, better posts, sharing the highlights of our lives can all become (for me at least) subtle and unconscious ways of an Isaac Hovet PR campaign. It was glorious to be cut off from these temptations.
- Facebook gives me too much access to the inane, banal and controversial ways of pop culture. Daily my news feed screams about the latest political mess, the newest controversy and the ridiculous lives of celebrities. I don’t typically get caught up in the latest and greatest, but I didn’t miss for a minute being in the know or glancing across (more) polarizing arguments or ludicrous write ups.
- Facebook feels like a flea market. Many people are selling their wares, others are browsing about and some must be buying what is offered. It was nice to be away from the peddling of my ‘friends’. I am already bombarded by my own wants and the advertisements of traditional media. I often feel accosted.
- I want to have coffee with every one of my 2,300 friends. I think they would like my listening skills more than my ‘likes’ or comments. And, I think I would prefer their own voices to their misspelled your’s, you’re’s their’s, they’re’s and there’s.