I checked my email and, sure enough, there was a notification that the account was disabled because….wait for it….it violated the Facebook Community Standards on Use of Authentic Identity. At that moment, I wasn’t shaking my head at the irony of having the account, that I used to initially contact Facebook Help Services in resolving the original problem, was now being disabled. Nor was I angry that I was suddenly not able to access the various Facebook Pages I administer to, or that I had my work on my 30-year High School Reunion interrupted. No, the emotion I felt was much deeper than that. It was the feeling of sudden, un-nerving, panic. Yes, PANIC!
There’s More To Life Than Social Media?
I am currently reading the latest Tom Clancy novel, rather than scrolling through the news feed or working on another project I don’t have time for. Having drone battles with my boys, rather than making sure my Buffer feed was updated. Spring cleaning my workspace, 3 months before Spring arrives. Choosing colours for painting my sons room, rather than fonts for the next cover image. In short, I have been involuntarily exposed to my REAL life off-line, with the sudden absence of a key part of my on-line life. A realization that there was a significant imbalance in my life, without ever really realizing it. I also found, when I did log into my old Facebook account, that was connected to only a few news and info pages and only a couple of family members, that my new feed was very exclusive, very interesting and lacking a lot of sponsored “fluff” that comes with frequent use and a LOT of Page Likes / Friend Connections. It’s been very refreshing.
Keeping The Balance.