Call it a Face-cation or a Face-break… whatever you want to call it, I’m taking it. And unlike a lot of the dramatic Debbie’s out there, I’m not making a grand announcement via a status update on my personal account. I have to take a break from the people of Facebook.

No “I’m deleting my Facebook account”. Nothing. I’m just stepping back and shutting the doors. This post is the biggest proclamation that I’ll make.

And it’s not Facebook that I’m sick and tired of, it’s the people of Facebook. I honestly just can’t take the negativity, finger-pointing and shaking, tsk-tsking that has gotten worse and worse over the past couple of years. No one can think for themselves anymore.. they post things without a second thought of where it came from and how critical they sound.

Case in point: the tragedy in Paris. People wanted to show their solidarity and what France was going thru. I don’t care if it’s been 14 years, 9/11 still cuts most of us to the core when we remember it. Yet, when people started to change their profile pictures or share memories of why Paris meant something to them, instead of respecting it, people tore them a new asshole because “how can you support Paris and not Kenya?”

When people wanted to share their pride in their family members who are Vets, people complained that the homeless Vets were being neglected.

Friends – supporting one thing doesn’t mean you’re shunning another. In a time of our lives when the thing we need most is compassion, it’s the last thing that you’ll find on social media.

What has happened to us, as a society, that makes us think that sitting behind a computer screen gives us the power of God to decide what one person should or should not think or do?

As I sat and watched my niece perform with her Philharmonic group tonight, it hit me. It’s time for a break from all of it. For the next month, no more updates. No more likes or shares. I’m just done and my brain can use some much more intelligent banter and discussion than what I can find scrolling thru my Facebook feed.

And have I mentioned how much of a time suck it is to scroll thru all that negativity? 

If you know me, then you know that I make my living off of social media – I’m pretty damn good at it, too. So, how can I take a Face-cation and still do my job? Through the power of apps that will let me access my pages and groups… all without ever hitting my personal page.

There are so many other things that I can do with my time… ALL of us for that matter. Read a book. Write a story. Take a walk. Connect with people eye to eye. Do more crafts with my girls… they’re not going to be here much longer. So many other things that will fill my soul with happy moments – not the constant nastiness with the occasional funny meme thrown in for good measure.

Maybe I’ll comprise posts of what would have been a status update.. the random thoughts and funny things that pop in my head throughout the day…

In closing… if you need or want to reach me and you usually do via Facebook messenger, don’t. You can email me at kristen@fourhensandarooster, leave me a message on my Facebook page, hit me up on Twitter, or leave me a comment here on the site!

Trust me, it’s not you – it’s them.

I’ll pop back on there on December 17th, which ironically is my birthday. It would be a GREAT birthday gift to see that things may have changed, but I highly doubt it.

Have you ever just shut it all down or at least, taken a break?