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My new favorite hobby

How many times do you go on facebook a day?

How many times do you instinctively pick up your iphone, turn it on, open the facebook app, and refresh your feed without even knowing you’re doing it?

Then, how many people in your feed do you HONESTLY care about what they’re talking about?

A month ago, my answers would have been:  probably between 50-100, more times than I would like to admit, and 35.

THIRTY-FIVE!!!  There were a total of 35 out of 256 people who regularly post status updates that I honestly cared about. Those 50-100 times I checked facebook during the day equated to over an hour that I could be doing something productive, or talking to a friend, or working out, or cooking a healthy meal instead of ordering take out, or kissing my husband, or catching up on sleep, or ANYTHING ELSE.

The lightbulb went off in my head during Making Things Happen last month. The Facebook distraction is not worth it.

Now, I’m not quiting Facebook all together.  It does have it’s positive points. For example, I can keep in contact with my fellow Making Things Happen alum, I can see pictures of friends’ weddings, and support small businesses.

My secret is, is that I’m hiding people’s feeds. (I feel like I’m committing some sort of crime to all social media.)

At first, I kind of felt bad, guilty almost, for clicking that little button that says “Hide All by so-and-so,”  like they were going to find out and haunt me and give me nightmares, but honestly, there were a few of my “friends” who’s status updates would always make me feel annoyed or mad or angry.

You know what? My life is short to surround myself with things that make me annoyed or mad or angry.

I know you have “friends” like this is your feed too. Those with negative attitudes that permeate your brain are not your Facebook friends or your real friends.  Clear them out of your life, or at least, the homepage of Facebook.  Once you do, you’ll have more room to fill with people who lift you up and inspire you and push you to be better.

I dare you. Go hide their status updates. YOU WILL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.

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