Recently I did a major sweep through my Facebook friends, deleting everyone except family and just a few closest friends. At first I wavered on that decision, I didn’t want to delete someone and make them mad or hurt their feelings. But I finally did it! My theory was if I saw you in the grocery store and we didn’t stop to chat or even speak to each other I didn’t need to keep you on Facebook.
But even with a much smaller group of Facebook “friends” I still was debating on deleting my account. Yesterday I had a revelation.
Facebook is a temptation.
Yes, I could delete people. I could even delete the app off of my phone but I still had the temptation to log in to Facebook from my phone’s browser. It was like my fingers were controlled by Facebook and I was finding myself logging in and mindlessly browsing my newsfeed.
Facebook to me, was a lot like the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the book of Genesis. God placed the tree in the Garden of Eden and instructed Adam and Eve that they were not to eat of the tree but Eve gave in to that temptation and ate of the fruit of the tree. I could delete the app off my phone and I could tell myself I wasn’t going to get on Facebook but I was still being drawn to that little blue icon.
I said Facebook is a temptation. Let me explain…
Facebook is a temptation to waste time.
There were so many times that I should be doing something else, like cleaning my house or writing for the blog but instead I was wasting time reading about someone’s new car and what they had for breakfast everyday this week.
Facebook is a temptation to compare myself to others.
We may not realize we are doing it but we often measure our success based on those around us. So what if your house is not as nice as that girl that you sat next to in Biology class your Freshman year. So what if you don’t go on as many vacations as the guy that you once had a huge crush on in Middle School. We can’t compare our successes to that of those around us. You never know what is going on behind closed doors.
Facebook is a temptation to spend money.
Now, I’m not talking about spending money buying crops on Farmville or extra lives on Candy Crush! You know those ads that Facebook conveniently places on your newsfeed. Those that are targeted at people of a certain demographic. They are often advertising sales of items that I really shouldn’t be spending money on! Things that are not a necessity.
Facebook is a temptation to judge others.
How many times do you find yourself talking to a friend about what Susie Q posted on her Facebook the other day? Can you believe she is taking her man back after what he did? Can you believe that she said that she aired her dirty laundry on Facebook? We’ve all been guilty of it. Yes people air to much info on Facebook, but it’s not my place to judge them or their decisions in life.
Facebook is a temptation to avoid the things I should be doing.
Lately I have really been trying to read my Bible more and a devotion from a great devotional for women but I would find that at the end of the day I was to tired to read without falling asleep. If I had spent that time earlier on reading my Bible rather than aimlessly scrolling through my newsfeed I would not find myself skipping my Bible reading because I was to tired.
So I am cutting ties, pulling the plug, and shutting it down. I’m deactivating my Facebook. I may make the decision to come back to it later on after some time away but for now I’m kissing Facebook goodbye.