READER REPORT:

Facebook-free for three months

SARA SAHAGIAN
Last updated 05:00 15/03/2014

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I deactivated my Facebook account just after Christmas.

Not being one to make New Year's resolutions, I sort of made a choice to tune back in to the real world.

I'm not here to bash Facebook, I have heaps of family overseas and it has been a great way to keep in touch with everyone. But, they can email me, call me, text me, Skype me or, God forbid, send me a postcard!

I did get sick of all the other junk on social media, the "please give me 1 million likes" to do this, that, or the other, the tear-jerking stories of love, loss and whatever else to support this charity or cause, the inspirational quotes and the game requests.

While it does bring people together, it also extends the reach of bullies in a way that can be more hurtful and dangerous than other forms. I don't need that negativity in my life.

I decided if I want to support a charity or cause I will do so in my own community, I will text message my friends to meet up for a coffee and talk face to face, I will put more effort into keeping in touch with family and friend overseas and I will engage more with the physical environment around me.

It's been almost three months now and I can honestly say I don't miss it at all.


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