Oh – and just to add to that, I got FOUR short story rejections today…
Yeeehaar. (this is the antithesis of a Facebook post, isn’t it? More about that in a minute..)
Anyway, I think my lack of productivity and inspiration is due to:
1. Neglecting my Morning Pages and my Artist’s Dates
2. Going out/away too much (I know, I know. Your heart bleeds for me).
3. Not spending enough time on my own (ditto?)
4. Not finishing anything (probably because of 1 – 3)
5. Spending too much time on social media, reading about everyone else’s successes, which seems to paralyse me when it comes to my own writing.
Now, number 5 may sound a bit melodramatic but I’ve been growing increasingly dissatisfied with Facebook, in particular, for a while now.
In fact, last week, when Alex Gazzola posted ‘Volte Facebook‘ on his website, I left a comment saying how Facebook sometimes (often!) makes me feel glum.
Apart from being a complete time-waster (which makes me feel guilty. It’s like gorging on a huge piece of chocolate gateau: great when you’re in the middle of it but afterwards you think why, why, why?!), I find that Facebook is full of people either moaning or showing-off and it makes me panic that I’m not writing as much – or achieving as much – as everyone else is (apparently!).
The night after I’d posted my comment on Alex’s blog, there was a piece on Newsnight about some research into Facebook, by the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark (Denmark, by the way, often comes out top in surveys of ‘the world’s happiest country’).
It’s not the first research of this kind, of course but it was serendipitous that I saw it (I never normally watch Newsnight) just as I’d come to the same conclusion as the research: that Facebook can make you unhappy.
“Facebook is a constant bombardment of everyone else’s great news, but many of us look out of the window and see grey skies and rain,” said Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. “This makes the Facebook world, where everyone’s showing their best side, seem even more distortedly bright by contrast..”
Now, the guinea pigs were only asked to abstain from Facebook for a week, which you might think isn’t that long (although for those people who are on it constantly, it probably felt like forever), but the results showed that in that time, the abstainers ‘felt calmer’, ‘actually spoke to people on the phone’ and ‘spend time more productively’. The researchers also found that giving up Facebook ‘boosts happiness and reduces anger and loneliness.’
So, I’m seriously thinking about deleting my Facebook presence and going cold turkey, just in time for Christmas…