A thing of the past. At least for me. Regular readers of this blog know that I often mention the concept of total well-being. The idea is that every day you should do, or experience, something which improves your mental fitness, physical fitness, fiscal fitness, and spiritual fitness. While everything you do doesn’t necessarily have to support one of the endeavors, most things should, and for those that don’t, you might take the time to periodically question their value. That has been the case recently for me as it relates to Facebook, the most widely used social media platform.
Staying Connected and Reconnecting
Facebook can serve as a means to stay, or reconnect, with family and friends. While it can be interesting to see vacation pictures or get updates from family members and old high school friends, it wasn’t that interesting. The reality is that I spent very little time on my main Facebook page. The main reason I used Facebook was to use it as another outlet for this blog. The majority of my time was spent on the RetirementSavvy ‘website/business’ page, which requires a regular Facebook account/page to be established. On that page I typically shared posts from this blog, as well as links to other finance related material from other sources.
The Dumbing Down of America
It’s rare that I have had the pleasure of participating in thought provoking, courteous discussions about the topic of the day on the platform. Too often it is simply people expressing, with a lot of vitriol, the first thing that comes to their mind – canned talking points from their favorite news source(s) it seems – with little thought about how others might be impacted by their words, and I’m certain, very little reflection after the fact.
At the end of the day, Facebook does not contribute to my mental, physical, fiscal, or spiritual well-being; or provide any type of enlightenment. In fact, it seems to me that the social media platform is a significant contributor to the dumbing down of America. Rather than visiting the site a few times a day, using it as a source to maintain superficial relationships, and occasionally being exposed to idiotic and vitriolic comments, I have determined that my time would be better spent elsewhere, doing other things.
Excuse me as I head out for an early morning bike ride. Be well, my friends.