I’ve been off social media for well over a year. I knew that getting rid of social media platforms, and in particular, Facebook, it would have some profound effects on the way I thought about life. One thing I didn’t realize was how giving up social media would drastically change my mentality on finances and debt.
How Getting Off Facebook Helped My Debt
One of the books that I’m currently reading is Reclaiming Conversation: The Power Of Talk In The Digital Age, by Sherry Turckle. The main concept of the book is how technology is having profound effects on the way we communicate. Fleeting from actual conversation is undermining relationships, creativity, and productivity.
It has been well over a year since I’ve gotten off social media in my personal life. My primary social media outlet was Facebook. I had used other outlets for my other website but my personal social media was via Facebook. I still use my twitter account to post articles from my health blog, but other than that, social media is completely gone in my life.
Now, I didn’t exactly get off social media because I thought it would have a drastic effect on my debt. But one of the side effects of getting rid of it was that my mindset changed. If debt is a struggle for you, I want to seriously consider getting rid of social media. I guarantee you that after spending time away from whatever platform you use, what you care about significantly changed. This is how getting off of Facebook helped changed my mentality on debt:
What Other People Do No Longer Bothers Me
What I hate about social media is that people overwhelmingly only talk about the good things going on in their life. Sure, people have the random angro rant, but it’s definitely in the minority of posts. As social media is concerned, I got tired of seeing how people are constantly out and about doing things. When Friday to Sunday rolled around every post made it seem like people were having the best weekends ever! If I was sitting at home I felt anxiety and pressure that I should be out doing something like everyone else was. Even if I was out already doing something it made me feel like I should be doing something better! Where are all the people not doing anything? Why isn’t anyone posting anything like that on the weekends?
I No Longer Cared About Impressing People
Research has shown that when most people post something to social media, they do so with the thought of getting a reaction from people. The other side to that is that people post things that they perceive other people will “like.” I must admit, there were times where I felt like I should be doing more in my life because other people seemed to be doing so many fun things. I wanted to be at that fun concert. I wanted to be at that new amazing restaurant. Because of that I felt that I needed to be out doing these things, and so, because of the pressure, I probably went out and did more than I really needed to.
I Don’t Have To Have An “Online” Life That Looks Good
I like the fact that my life is private. People don’t have to see pictures of my home or what I’m doing. I can maintain and establish real friendships with people that are so much more meaningful. The best part about it is, they get to know all my garbage and dirty secrets. Not just all the things that I used to make my profile look good online.
I Distanced Myself From The Jonses
The best overall point I can make about getting off social media was that it made me feel distanced from The Jonses. One of my all time favorite finance books is the Millionare Next Door by Thomas Stanley. In his book he takes random case studies from people of different professions. He finds that it doesn’t matter what an income level is in order to achieve a million dollars. The big factor is that so many people out there lose so much money trying to “keep up with the Jonses” to make their life look better than it is. By unplugging from Facebook, I unplugged and distanced myself from the Jonses. Now instead of hundreds of virtual Jonses, I’m down to just the real ones next door.
Has anyone else out there ever been happier or noticed financial changes after unplugging from social media? If so, I’d like to hear your story.