Social media is an addictive pshycological positive feedback cycle.
“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”
Fight Club and Dave Ramsey
“Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community. Then they were quickly silenced, but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the invasion of the idiots.”
Just read this article of the latest social media craze, the Chinese “Finger Trap” beauty test.
While the “Finger Trap” is a pretty dumb as a beauty test, the article refers to other beauty tests such as the “Thigh Gap” and the “Bikini Bridge”.
For the bikini bridge (It even has it’s own Tumblr feed here), I have to confess to find it sexy and erotic, but only if it occurs naturally.
Also I find sexy and erotic a nice “Whale Tail” (Tumblr feed here), again, as long as it occurs spontaneously.
And please above all, don’t think about being an anorexic. Simply put, Anorexic girls are not sexy.
There is a Colombian saying that more or less goes “Men like to see skinny, but grab chubby”.
Third attempt to close my Facebook account, and this time is for real.
The last one lasted two or thee weeks. And I am determined to make this one the definitive one.
Day one, came and went, and so far the cyber sphere is not claiming back my presence.
Day two, still, no one has noticed, nor family, friends or wife (!). Funny enough, my oldest daughter (6) was asking me to shoot some videos with the cell phone and upload them to Facebook (first time ever), when I told her that I didn’t had a Facebook account anymore, she just say … “Oh ..well ..”.
Apart of the classic symptoms of withdrawal from any addiction, good things are more sleeping time, more writing time, and 80% less spam e-mail.
Update April 20:
Now in the two-week mark, I am reading more, writing more, and finding that lots of more people are doing the same (ditching Facebook), like when you are pregnant, or have a baby, you seem to find pregnant women or little babies everywhere.
Although not completely detox, I am still active on Twitter, WordPress and Google+, but definitely live without Facebook is better.
I was reading around the Internet, that Facebook could be a source of anxiety and even depression, and the explanation was simple, people (“your friends”) mostly post good things about themselves (vacation selfies or fun activities, parties, latest shopping, etc), projecting an unrealistic happy life. Therefore other people (“you”) start getting anxious about not being able to have this “happy life” that everyone around you seems to be having.