When my wife and I signed up for Facebook just after the dinosaurs went extinct, our friends count turned into a contest. I think that might’ve been the last time that Facebook was purely fun.

I’ve been off personal social media for the last 18 days or so with my only dalliances being a quick check for messages while I’ve been doing my weekly business posts. I would’ve preferred a total unplug, but posting on Facebook and Twitter for business (as well as monitoring posts of same) is part of the job description when you’re self-employed.

Even so, it’s been illuminating what almost three weeks away from social media, and Facebook specifically, has done for me.

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