Things I’ve Learned From Deactivating Facebook

A Cham temple I visited in Vietnam; or, the crumbling remains of my Facebook account. Who can say?

I’m wasting my time on the Internet differently.

Two years ago, my time wasting was a mix of Facebook, Buzzfeed and wandering down the Wikipedia rabbit hole.

I’m less annoyed with those sometimes annoying friends.

We all have them. Those friends who are generally awesome good people, but who somehow manage to be really kind of annoying online.

I get more work done. A lot more.

This one was kind of unexpected.

I feel better, all the time.

I suppose this has to do with all the awesomeness that I get up to. Though, it’s nice to live without all the Facebook-fueled activity envy (“They went where!? They bought what!?”).

I miss more parties. Meh.

I’ve missed out on more parties that I can count on both hands because no one bothered to let me know in person or over email (and I sure as hell aren’t gonna frantically check Facebook every weekend to see if someone maybe invited me to a party). It’s actually kind of funny if you think about it.

I’m less concerned with having to make witty remarks every five minutes

Let’s be honest with ourselves. 90% of what we post that isn’t a cat picture is either a boast (“Wrote 20 page paper in 8 hours!”) or a witty / snarky / pissy comeback to someone else’s post (“Pssh. I wrote mine in 8 minutes.”).

I don’t care who likes what I say.

We’ve all checked the like counters on our stupid posts before.

I get my cat photos elsewhere.

We can’t get enough cats. Even if we have cats living in the house with us, we all need to look at other kitties from time to time.

I don’t need to relive high school.

Remember when everyone cared who was dating you? Remember when you had to be really careful about passing notes around in class? Remember high school? Remember how we understood dating back then? Want to go back?

Everything on the internet is actually kind of ephemeral.

On the one hand, nothing that’s on the internet ever leaves, but on the other there isn’t really a single thing on there that I can remember for more than five minutes.

A photo of me in rural Vietnam. Summer, 2015. Envy away.

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One of those writer types. Working on a Phd. Drinking bad wine. SEO for Higher Education Marketing. Likes cats. www.anachaj.ca

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Alexander Nachaj

Alexander Nachaj

One of those writer types. Working on a Phd. Drinking bad wine. SEO for Higher Education Marketing. Likes cats. www.anachaj.ca