Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be To Delete Facebook
It's the beginning of a new year, which means it's time to figure out your New Year's resolution.
People make resolutions for a lot of reasons. You could be trying to get healthier, be more social or volunteer more.
But to do those things, you need time.
That's where this resolution comes in.
This one simple trick can save you 300 hours of wasted time on average, according to a new study.
And it's super simple. Are you ready?
All you have to do is delete Facebook.
I know, right?
As someone overwhelmed by older family members invading my newsfeed and out of space for extraneous apps on my iPhone, this is a pretty easy resolution to consider.
A new article in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking journal found that an average American Facebook user spends 50 minutes on Facebook every day.
Compare that to the 17 minutes Americans spend exercising on average — or the measly four minutes a day we spend actually at social events.
That's weak, fam.
It's not just 300 hours you're saving by deleting Facebook.
It's also a lot of negativity in your life.
So if your resolution is to be more positive, deleting Facebook will help with that, too.
The article said that deleting Facebook does two things.
First, it increases your life satisfaction. So, like, you feel better about your life.
Second, it makes your emotions more positive. So you're happier!
At this point, it's pretty well documented that Facebook isn't really making us feel much better about ourselves.
I mean, according to "The Social Network," it was created out of spite, after all.
Facebook makes you compare your life to the best, curated part of other people's lives.
But, shocker: That's not real life.
We're all just sitting there looking at each other's highlights thinking that's it, and oh gosh, Jennifer from middle school's life is so much better than mine, what am I doing with my life???
But we don't have to live like that. We can delete Facebook, save time for better things and feel better about ourselves.
That's a pretty useful resolution.