Do you ever have that moment where you just want to scream “I JUST NEED SOME SPACE!” I’ve been having that this weekend.
I tried to get a little bit of space, not checking my phone as much, sometimes turning off my wifi or data completely, but it doesn’t work. It did for a little bit – some small moments of silence where my phone wasn’t giving me alerts. I tried to do the mature thing and gracefully back away. Slowly. Not completely – just a little bit. But I just couldn’t escape! One hour goes by and BING my phone is telling me that I can’t get any space.
So I checked my phone. I had to. I can’t ignore the bings – what if it’s something that I actually want to know? Or an alert I actually want to interact with? But it wasn’t. I should have waited to see what colour the alert light was before double tapping my screen. It’s green I want. Green always gets my attention. Blue I avoid.
Blue…how telling that that’s the light colour I get when I get a Facebook alert. GAH what a time suck Facebook is. I’m in the process of breaking up with Facebook, but it’s not taking it very well.
I don’t mean a complete “you’re on my list of people I’m going to run over with my car” break up, but just an “I can’t see you every day anymore” type of breakup. I thought I could get around it easily but I couldn’t. Facebook is being super clingy and needy about it.
It started about two weeks ago. I used to spend my morning breakfast time scrolling through Facebook just to see what people were up to. But I hated that time suck. Especially now that my time is precious and I want to focus on other things once I’m done my house helper duties. Cutting out Facebook meant I can use that time for something more important.
So – I logged out of the Facebook app on my phone and took it off my home screen. That was easy. I just needed some distance from all the alerts that I was getting. If I wanted to check it, I would go into my apps menu, find the app, log in, spend a few minutes checking my notifications and then log back out. It was awesome. Maybe once a day I would log on instead of checking it every time I would get a notification. I loved the break.
Then, I started to go a few days between checking it. That was even better. But apparently Facebook didn’t like that. Even though I wasn’t logged into the app, I would get alerts saying a friend of mine had commented on her husband’s picture. A picture I hadn’t liked or commented on. Or that my brother replied to a comment on a status about his new bee hives (yeah, he’s starting that, it’s kind of cool!) and, again, I had never looked at that status update before so why was I getting these alerts?
I thought for a minute that maybe I had accidentally left the app signed in. So I went and checked it. Nopes. Not logged in. Facebook was just pushing these alerts to me for no reason. NO REASON. WHY CAN’T YOU JUST LEAVE ME ALONE?!
This morning, I had had enough. I went to uninstall the app, hoping that it wouldn’t affect the messenger part. I literally could not uninstall it. You know how you can hold the app and it gives you the option to uninstall or remove? That doesn’t exist for Facebook on my phone! I had to go into my settings, find my list of apps, and disable it. But now it’s done. And, bonus, it didn’t affect the messenger app so we’re all good.
No more phantom Facebook alerts for me!