Thank you very much for reprimanding us about the excessive and uncontrollable habits on social media.
I’ve always been addicted to social media until I realised that it would one day ruin my professional life if I didn’t do anything to put an end to it and simply organise myself.
Every time when I got at work during the morning, all I did was checking on Facebook. I started by looking for friends to chat with, photos that they posted and everything that I hadn’t planned. I could spend nearly three hours on Facebook and I was more and more becoming a product of procrastination.
One day my boss called me into his office to ask me whether or not I have finished the tasks that he assigned me. To tell the truth, I haven’t done anything. This happened once, twice and until the third time when he gave me a last warning. I had all the time to do his work, but I spent it on social media. I couldn’t resist Facebook.
I decided to deactivate my account but to later reactivate it after a few days. Facebook was getting irresistible and I didn’t want it that way. What I did is deleting the first account – the one with many people of which I don’t know personally – and open a new account exclusively for my friends in real life. I have also tightened my privacy settings so that I don’t get lured to do unplanned things.
I no longer care that much about Facebook. I haven’t been even lured into installing Facebook Home because I didn’t want the social app to be the front and centre of my smartphone. I’ve also uninstalled Facebook Messenger when it got updated with Chat Heads. I only go to Facebook at the right time when I feel like to.
I don’t check on Facebook during my down time, what I do is instead scan news on Flipboard as well as Google+, my preferred social site. I have followed hundreds of tech blogs and that’s what takes most of my down time. Facebook feels like juvenile to me these days. I can even spend days without checking it. If I’m not on Flipboard, I’m on Twitter and Google+.
I’m no longer sick because of social media but I know many people who are, and that’s why I’m thanking you because of this educative commentary... but I think I’m nomophobic too.
Manzi Mutara, Kigali
Reaction to Dr Cory Couillard’s commentary, “Are social media sites making us sick?”, (The New Times, July 10)