This Is Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

Remember how I took Facebook off my phone? Well, it is still off! Yay! But not because I have great willpower. Nope. I’s only because the app is so large that it requires WiFi to download and the times I’ve been weak, I have had no access to WiFi.

The access to it from my laptop is not as limited. I did put that extension on Chrome that only gives me 3 minutes a day, and that worked for a bit. But then I was having a FB messenger conversation with a parent from Nyoka’s school about a project and I needed more than 3 minutes so I just opened Safari and used that browser instead.


I was faced with writer’s block this morning and instead of doing something like reading or cleaning or eating breakfast…I found myself numbly scrolling through Facebook. And then I found one of those “vaguebooking” posts where someone says they had to unfollow a page for being cruel and snarky and I spent THE NEXT 30 MINUTES TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT PAGE IT WAS AND WHAT THEY SAID TO WARRANT THE UNFOLLOWING.

(I never figured it out.)

WHY DID I JUST WASTE ALL OF THAT TIME? I mean, this person and I have enough overlapping interests that I’m 100% certain if I had seen the same thing I probably would have had the same reaction. So why go looking for it? Why intentionally try to stress myself out?

I will say that overall my relationship with Facebook has become much more professional. I’m using it for how it is meant to be used, 3 minutes a day I scroll around to see what is going on in my town and I share out interesting events or news. I’m not mindlessly scrolling anymore…UNTIL THIS MORNING.

So, I’ve closed down Safari and I’m not going to use it again unless I have another need for a long conversation via Facebook messenger. 3 minutes has been PLENTY of casual Facebook time otherwise.

It was a nice reminder of why I can’t be left alone, facing writer’s block, with an unlimited amount of Facebook.

3 thoughts on “This Is Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

  1. Colleen says:

    I feel that way about Facebook too! I waste entirely too much time on it and need to figure out how to limit myself. Is there an app to limit time on it on the iPhone?

  2. Kelli Oliver George says:

    I love the term “numbly scrolling” because that was me on Saturday evening. And nothing turns me in a Social Media Nancy Drew than a tempting Vaguebooking.

    For Lent, I have restricted myself during working hours 8am-5pm, M-F and it has been so emotionally and mentally freeing that I am committed to continuing it post-Lent. And this post reminds me of why I need to continue. Stay strong, Kim. STAY STRONG. 🙂

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