My husband is always telling me to delete Facebook. It seems like since we met he has puzzled over my apparent obsession with blogging, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. As an introvert who works on a computer all day doing electrical and computer engineering, it must seem a bit odd to my husband when I actively want to spend time online.
In 2013 I did go ahead and delete my Facebook on request from my husband (and as a social experiment). I did see some bad habits forming, and to be honest the absence of Facebook impacted my life very little. I didn't miss it.
But I now have Facebook and use it regularly. As a stay at home mom and as a very vocal extrovert Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and this blog have been integral to my social life. It's really awesome that I can have a social life from my couch while nursing my 6 month old, and it has really helped with the feelings of isolation and abandonment I am dealing with after birth. It's hard to go places with a baby.
My husband still wants me to get rid of Facebook, but I think he understands more what a companion social media can be. And I am coming to understand how much more private and introverted my husband is-- so different from myself! He does not have Facebook, and I am honestly sure he never will. And I'm okay with that.
How do you compromise in situations like this? I think showing my husband that I was using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in a positive way helped. I don't think it occurred to him that these platforms were anything but time wasters! I also make sure to limit my time on my iPad or desktop when I am hanging out with my husband. He sees me staring at my phone and immediately thinks I am ignoring him!
In this season of my life, I am very grateful that I live in the information age.
What about you? Do you see the positives in social media?