6 Things You Would Have Time For If You Put Facebook To One Side
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6 Things You Would Have Time For If You Put Facebook To One Side

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By: Daniel Morales Olea

March 30, 2017

Lifestyle 6 Things You Would Have Time For If You Put Facebook To One Side
Avatar of Daniel Morales Olea

By: Daniel Morales Olea

March 30, 2017




New job, new life. You were super excited about meeting your fellow workmates, getting that promotion you had been dreaming of for so long, moving up a little in the pay scale, and making your professional goals come true. You arrive to your new office, turn on your computer, open the web browser  and —as if it was a genetically conditioned instinct— you log on to Facebook, but only to find out that the page has been blocked. You try with a different browser. The same result. It is the same for Youtube, Spotify, Reddit...the only concern of your workplace is work and that's it. It is a bitter pill to swallow and so begins the day that was supposed to be one of the best in your life.  
Anxiety and even anger are some of the symptoms that accompany social media withdrawal. Though it might sound crazy, life in many ways is increasingly resembling science fiction dystopias where the virtual world engulfs all sense of reality.

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Yes, it can be annoying to be deprived of your right to use social media at work, but you probably underestimate how liberating it can be to not access Facebook, lose your cell phone, or have no Wi-Fi. When we get away from the virtual word, our minds expand and we are able to spot the little things we might take for granted. Even though you might think you're hiding under a rock, far from it, you're expanding your horizons.

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1. You talk to others more

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That notice at the restaurant that says: "We have no Wi-Fi, talk to each other" is really annoying, isn't it? Yet, it is becoming increasingly common. Some people are trying to rectify that disrespectful practice that is posting on Facebook while somebody is trying to talk to you. Without social media, you have no choice but to talk to the person you have in front of you, whether you're getting bored in a party or in a work meeting.
 
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2. You actually get to know a person

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With the help of social media we can learn almost anything we want about a person. It's scary. You just have to Google a name or search it on Facebook to open the doors to their privacy. Network security measures are really fragile, and if a person doesn't know how to set them up correctly, anyone can get access to their photos, their past, their comments, and their stories. The absence of social media forces you to interact, make questions, get surprised, and make your own conclusions about who that person really is.

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3. You have more time than you used to

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Many companies ban any access to social media for the sake of one thing: productivity. Even if you are at home, it can be good for you to give this a chance. Reading is a habit that many of us have lost because of the Internet, but if we take a book, determined to stop checking notifications or updates, well definitely be able to read a big chunk of it without getting distracted.

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4. You enjoy activities more

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Similarly to books, watching a movie became a multimedia experience, but some cinematographic works really need all your attention, and without Facebook, it is easier to understand what you see and what is happening. Likewise, to stop taking photos just to show them off can make you appreciate more those live performances in front of you. Needless to say that taking photographs or filming is useless, as the event has gone through a series of filters that will never be faithful to what you really saw.
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5.You find information by yourself

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Social media filters all of your interests to keep you logged. Their algorithms are designed to give you whatever you want. Once you log out, you have to find information by yourself again. It may sound archaic, but if you try to do this one day, you'll realize you're living in a bubble of complacency that lacks a complete picture of anything.
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6. You pay attention to what really matters

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Facebook is in constant change; whatever is trendy at 10 a.m. becomes irrelevant 12 hours later. However, those who live attached to social media pride on their knowledge about these topics. When you give a chance to forget about Facebook for a while, you realize that you don't care about other people's live and how many likes they get or how many scandals they are mixed up in. It's none of your business. You can enjoy time with your loved ones instead.

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You are already able to do all the things listed above with or without Facebook. You just have to remember that your life is much more than posts in a social network. Come back to the real world and rediscover those things you used to enjoy but forgot about because of some comments and likes.

-Translated by Andrea Valle Gracia

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