Since I was infamous for taking many breaks, I made a bet with someone in my life that I could stay off Facebook for one year.
I broke the universal rule.
I’m doing it well.
And happier while accomplishing it.
After being coerced by a friend years ago to join FB, I reluctantly did so. Then pouring myself into the process. As it became amongst many things to a writer, a platform to my sounding board of pain regarding my parents deaths. As time went on I hit these stages of FB that I noticed most people live while living on the networking site.
Five stages of Facebook:
*Excitement-Finding a friend you hadn’t heard from in twenty years is a happy, natural serotonin lift. Even though the site was created for a much younger generation, we mid lifers get that, for the time being anyway.
*Sincerity-We all do it. Sincerely posting about our families, jobs, losses, and happy birthdays. Then it turns competitive, and our high school guy friends want to date us. Which is why if Bobby wanted a FB, I’d divorce him because we both would just piss each other off with each sign in.
*Denial-All good things have the bad. To all the highs, we have lows. What comes up must come down. I discovered I never aged so fast in my life as I did on FB. Even with misdiagnoses, PTSD, life scars, and cancer. Our birthday’s rolled around as quickly as a Sunday pot roast.
*Anger-When that friend you at one time adored is really a bigot, racist, or pushes anything, something, on you like a crack dealer. You just lose interest in people you once thought so highly of. There’s some truth in maintaining mystery.
*Detachment-Okay yes, if you turn me off, I disappear. But I’m really not that difficult. I bring nurses to their stat buttons with my low blood pressure. It’s very hard to make me angry. I’m wholeheartedly nonjudgmental. This coincides with the anger stage. I don’t need FB to hear from my real friends.
So when my year is up I’ll probably return. Oxymoron? Maybe. However, I cared for many people I interacted with on FB. It was nice to see their happy shiny smiles, until my birthday rolls around anyway.