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Why I Took a Break From Facebook

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Why I Took a Break From Facebook

Facebook collects personal information of anyone who creates a profile on their website. They provide options to add your favorite movies, musicians, restaurants, and products to your profile page. Moreover, they have been doing this for more than a decade. Simply stated, Facebook knows more about you than you yourself do.

You may not see anything wrong with this. But think deeply about it. What would someone do by keeping track of your hobbies and the places you visit? The answer is quite simple. They sell you unnecessary stuff that you may not need. For instance, just because you support a certain sports team doesn’t mean you need to buy all their merchandise. But Facebook bugs you with cleverly placed ads every time you login.

How popular is Facebook?

Statistic: Number of Facebook users in the United States from 2017 to 2023 (in millions) | Statista
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Have a good look at these numbers from Statista. In 2023, the number of Facebook users in the United States is predicted to reach a staggering 223.2 million. Currently, in 2019, it is 221 million.  

Facebook has reached every corner of the world. Moreover, to increase its popularity in poverty-stricken nations in Africa, they have also started to provide free access to Internet services.

How it negatively affected my life

As I got more acclimated to Facebook, I started to post every significant and insignificant event of my life on my profile’s timeline. I didn’t even check whether it was adding any value to my life or not. Like a sheep, I just followed the masses. I can’t see how Facebook can help a person live a better life.

In fact, it creates mental health problems like anxiety, inferiority complex and internet addition. Over time, these seemingly minor problems can lead to depression and melancholy. I only became aware of these problems by taking a break from Facebook. Otherwise, I was lost deep into the rabbit hole of social media marketing and infomercials.   

Data theft

Facebook has been stealing your personal data in numerous clever ways. It all begins when you create your account and accept all their term and conditions without giving a second thought. This way, they take your legal permission to store your data even if you delete your account.

Moreover, they also track the activities that you perform online. They use browser cookies to store your information in their own database. Facebook keeps your browsing information like your date, time, URL and your IP address. All this information is either sold to e-commerce companies or stored in their database to understand your buying behavior even better.

Taking a break from Facebook turned out to a great decision. Here how it changed my life.

New and Better relationships

Why I Took a Break From Facebook

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Most online friendships are shallow and untrustworthy. How can you trust someone you haven’t seen in person. By taking a break from Facebook, I had ample space in life for real and authentic people that I met at a bar or in other social events.   

I also started going out a lot as I felt the need to socialize and connect. Especially, meet someone I have things in common with. Earlier, it was very easy for me to skip going out on weekends and stay home texting with an online friend or binge-watching the latest TV series.  

More time for hobbies

I replaced Facebook with new interesting hobbies that I had always wanted to try but never had the time to. Quitting Facebook allowed me to be free and explore places. I only captured moments that I knew were worth keeping.

I also quit playing Facebook games like Criminal Case and Candy Crush Saga. Such games are highly addictive and can eat up your precious time.  

More privacy

Why I Took a Break From Facebook

As I stopped posting every detail of my life on Facebook, I felt more safe and secure. Also, by turning the privacy settings to private I was able to keep my friends list and images protected from scammers.

It is a great thing to let your near and dear ones know about new happenings in your life. So, If I want to share something I either call them or text them privately. This saves a ton of time.

Clear thinking

Taking a break from Facebook also cleared the brain fog I used to experience. As the unnecessary thoughts began to declutter I started to focus on my work and other important things in my life. So, Facebook also stops you from progressing in your professional life.

Furthermore, I felt less anxious after taking a break from Facebook

It has been an hour that you posted your new picture on Facebook that you took on a recent vacation and no one has liked it yet. What kind of thoughts run in your mind in that first hour of posting an image or a status?

Excessive Facebook usage gave me nothing but anxiety and fear. Also, I felt like I am missing out on something if I didn’t check my news feed once every couple of hours. This kept my mind busy and lead my mind to escapism. Since I took a break from Facebook, I feel more in control of my current and future life.

Don’t forget the fact that, Facebook was started as a social experiment but got commercialized later. It doesn’t make any sense to live your life knowing that you are a just a guinea pig for a –now–large organization like Facebook. So, take a break from Facebook and make the best of the one life that you have.

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Why Do Animals Make Better Friends Than Humans?

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Animals are the pure, raw souls that need little to be genuinely happy. In a world continually chasing after materialistic bliss and happiness, your furry friends find fulfillment in a bit of touch, a bit of affection, and a dollop of kindness. 

There are no layers or hidden agendas, it’s just a beautiful bond of simplicity, or as popularly known as love. Somehow, for this generation, the meaning of the word love has been lost in translation. We are always after something, something better, something newer. 

Our fast-paced approach has derailed basic human emotions and its purity. Friendships for many people is less of a bond, and more of an unsigned “give and take” policy. However, if you look into your dog’s crystal-clear eyes, nothing but love and deep affection reflect back. 

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That’s the beauty of building relations with animals; they want nothing but some warmth and your time. It’s a sense of fulfillment that makes you believe that being you is enough, along with an odd satisfying sense of acceptance when your four-legged buddy comes running up like there is no tomorrow.

Like a true friend, they listen to you and give you comfort in the most unprecedented ways. We may not share the same language, but some words can be understood even when unspoken. 

We all look for hope and belief to be alive. Sometimes, it just needs a kind pair of eyes to stare at you with honest attention, without any judgment, to find that hope. I also believe honesty is a magically powerful language found in abundance in our furry friends.

But this is not only about pets; all animals in this world have something profound to offer. Their sense of affection, love, and gratitude is like a lighthouse in a deep dark sea. 

All around the globe, you can find various instances of animals and their bonds with fellow humans developing in unimaginable ways, simply because of their beautiful, unspoiled souls. They are more precious than us, I think, by being able to portray love in the most natural and pure way. 

If you have found it, always hold on to this feeling, because it is fulfilling and heart-touching to witness true love in their eyes, and eyes are thought to be the window of souls. At the end of the day, we are lucky to share this world with them, because they truly teach us how to be loved in this crazy, big world. 

So try to do your part to save them and provide for them, because your act of kindness can go a long way!

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The Impact of Deep Melody

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Music is a form of art that has the power to touch your soul. Through this universal language, countless emotions have been depicted over the ages. The human mind grasps music differently under different circumstances. Even the same tune can be interpreted variedly from person to person. 

From Beethoven to Bach, Mozart to Yo Yo Ma, Einaudi to Mischka, the depth of soulful music is beyond the power of perception. The music created by these artists resonates deep within our souls through every note, every beat. 

If you close your eyes and listen to Yo Yo Ma’s rendition of the Prelude, irrespective of your mood, you will get absorbed into a moment of tranquil hard to describe in words. Or take, for example, Einaudi’s composition called “Waterways,” the sense of a pristine aura that lasts long after he finishes the piece, is simply beautiful.

Every note, chord, and tune affects your brain in a way you can’t even imagine. So here, we will try to explore some of the powers of music and the impacts of deep melodies.

Memory 

Since the 20th century numerous studies have been conducted to research the power of music over memory functioning of the human brain. Certain music can take your mind back decades in an instant. 

In a study conducted with dementia patients, it was found that music improves general well being, mood, orientation, and episodic memory recalls. It was shown to have an overall positive effect on life.

Stress Relief

Music can lower the cortisol levels in your body and can alleviate the symptoms of stress. 

According to the American Psychological Society, “In a trial conducted by University of Alberta, with 42 children aged between 3-11, it was found that while getting an IV inserted, patients who listened to relaxing music reported significantly less pain, and some demonstrated significantly less distress, compared with patients who did not listen to music.”

Alleviation of Pain 

Martin Luther King had famously said, “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”

This statement, in fact, is quite true to an extent, as researchers now believe that listening to music triggers the release of opioids in our body. The same chemical comes into action when the body is in pain, acting as a natural antidote.  

Seizures

Christine Charyton, of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said that “Persons with epilepsy synchronize before a seizure. By listening to music, many patients reported that they felt relaxed.” 

Concluding Words

Music has the power to heal. It reaches the deepest corners of our soul and affects us in unprecedented ways. However, the depth of melody is without any boundaries of prefixed notes and scales. It is an eternal journey of understanding and perception beyond our senses.

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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4 Benefits of Doing Yoga Regularly

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Yoga is an excellent place to start a healthy lifestyle if your life has been quite a bit sedentary for some time. Even with health conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, you can safely practice Yoga. With multiple types and forms of Yoga to choose from, you have the freedom to practice whatever suits you. Regular Yoga can help you become more robust and flexible by making it easier for you to do other exercises like dancing, walking, or swimming.

Moreover, it is also a great way to stay energetic and flexible. Your general alertness increases, and there is also a profound positive impact on mental health with Yoga. 

With regular practice, you will gradually notice overall well-being and a deep sense of inner peace. Yoga frees you of all the worry, stress, anxiety that bogs you down and lets you proceed towards a more holistic and spiritually fulfilling self-development.

Let’s take a look at four of the obvious benefits that come from practicing Yoga.

Cardiovascular

  • Improves poor blood circulation
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Reduces body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts

Orthopedic

  • Improves mobility in people with lower back pain
  • Reduces risk for injury
  • Allows better coping with arthritis
  • Can slow down the advent of osteoporosis
  • Improves the condition of people with limited mobility

Stress-Anxiety-Depression

  • Reduces headaches
  • Helps you to have better control over tension or stress
  • Reduces anxiety levels and depression
  • Can help you get better sleep, improves insomnia
  • Relaxes your body
  • Increases overall mental and physical stability

Lung

  • Improves breathing patterns
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Improves lung output and pulse rates
  • Helps people with asthma, to control definitive symptoms

Final Comments

Yoga is an excellent way to heal your body, both physically and mentally. It allows you to have the perfect blend of de-stressing and exercise in a simple yet effective way.

A healthy body makes a healthy mind. Regular Yoga can help you achieve health and fitness. Moreover, daily practice brings in more discipline to your everyday life. Especially during these testing times of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are all trapped in our homes, a regular fitness regime that is easy to follow is especially necessary.

The best part is that Yoga is trendy, and you can always find guidelines for the correct postures. With many materials and videos available online, you can start your fulfilling Yoga journey any moment you wish. So what’s stopping you today?

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