Reactivating Facebook after years of Social Media Sobriety

Reactivating Facebook and writing a post about it – so millennial. For some context; I am 25 years old and I opened my Facebook account in 2008 – when I was 17. So while that is relatively old in today’s era, I had it for a large chunk of time until I decided to deactivate it a few years ago. Why? My career wasn’t moving ahead, I was depressed and social media made it more so. It took some teeth clenching to reactivate the account even now but I got there in the end.

Now I took my sweet time scrolling through the pages and here are some observations and thoughts that occurred to me. Can you relate?

Here we go

  • I talked like a fucking idiot
  • I sound like a self-obsessed narcissist.
  • I couldn’t even stand most of the people on my FB.
  • Wondering how I had 160 friends when I struggle to upkeep a single relationship today
  • Wait a second…am I old?
  • Should I grow my hair again?
  • I had completely different priorities (none)
  • I’ve lost touch with so many
  • Tried too hard to be philosophical when quoting rap lyrics
  • I had longwinded conversations with people whose existence I don’t remember
  • The people that mattered then are still in my life today
  • I updated my statuses regardless of likes
  • The same person liked my updates all the time – respect the loyalty
  • I was called ‘smexcci bitch’ and I had nothing sarcastic to say about it
  • I don’t think your body is equipped to cringe so often
  • The only good thing FB does is making you feel popular on your birthday
  • So many people got married
  • So many babies
  • Why did I post this?
  • And this?
  • Or this?!

cringing at my posts

Why God why?

  • The dual life of having deep conversations with someone online and ignoring and getting ignored by them at school
  • I didn’t realise I’ve met so many people in my life
  • Spent a lot of time procrastinating and apparently had to let everyone know about it
  • Some unfortunate situations of not logging out of my account and having fart jokes written about me
  • I think I was a hell of a lot more social back then.
  • How did this lead to my reactivating facebook again?
  • Btw what happened to myspace?
  • Am I difficult to get on with now?
  • Give me a break, I’m just stuck in my ways
  • Club promoters were and still are annoying, online and face to face
  • Apparently, I was an animal rights activist
  • And a Harlem shake activist – remember that one?
  • For some reason, my friend decided to share parts of her coursework on my my wall
  • I struggled with 500-word essays…what?
  • I wrote eight status updates about going to Germany
  • Reactivating FB was dumb idea
  • I was having a hard time during results day (no reminders needed for that one)
  • Let’s deactivate again shall we?

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