By Dr. John Reizer
Founder of NoFakeNews
In the autumn of 2011, I activated a Facebook account. At that time, I had no idea the tremendous amount of damage I was about to inflict on my psyche. Prior to joining Facebook, I used the Internet occasionally. Most of my time on the web was dedicated to performing research for the various books I had authored from 2001-2011.
After joining Facebook my life changed, and not for the better. There were a number of negative things that happened to me as a result of joining this social media application. I don’t have the time in one article to address all of them, but I can state without any hesitation whatsoever that I became addicted to Facebook.
From 2011-2014, I experienced the most unproductive time in my life. Looking back at this situation, it’s hard for me to understand how social media almost destroyed me. In June, 2014 I took my life back from Facebook and shut down my account.
As of this writing, I do not participate on any social media platforms. In fact, I spend very little time on the Internet these days. I also deleted all of my email accounts except for one that is necessary to run my professional chiropractic practice.
The way that I look at it is if people that I care about want to communicate with me, they can call me on the telephone. I don’t have any desire to publicize to the world where I am having dinner, going on vacation, shopping at the supermarket, attending a sporting event, getting a job or a job promotion, etc. I think you get the idea.
Let’s face it; Facebook and similar social media applications are platforms for narcissistic personalities. Facebook is all about “me” and the need for people to be the center of attention on the Internet.
Could you imagine walking in a public place and yelling at the top of your lungs that you were hired at a new job? How about opening your wallet and showing strangers photos of your child, wife, or significant other? In essence, this is what we are doing on Facebook and other social media sites.
I see people in restaurants, movie theaters, automobiles, professional seminars, and even restrooms checking their Facebook accounts. It’s an addictive, electronic drug and there are junkies worldwide. How many hours do you spend on social media websites? Are you on them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 hours or more a day?
I realized in 2014 that I wanted my life back. I shut down Facebook and unplugged from most Internet activities with the exception of NoFakeNews. And my editor handles the management of the news stories on that website. Do yourself and family a favor; deactivate your Facebook and social media accounts. Stop leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for thieves, hackers, and governments of the world to monitor your every move.
Today, I am very happy again spending quality time with the two people I care about and love the most in this world, my wife and daughter.
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