I hear a lot of people complaining about what is showing up on their Facebook newsfeed. They complain about their “friends” posting negative comments, words, pictures… which then leads to tons of unneeded drama.
People claim that Facebook is ALL drama. Their “friends” are constantly bragging, confronting others in a rude way, talking negative about their children, and on and on, (here is a post from Lisa at The Merry Momma who gave a very good perspective on the negative words we write about our children on Facebook – Why I Won’t Call My Children Names).
Now let’s look at it on the reverse side. Is our Facebook newsfeed required to be all about drama? Posts full of life and truth are also presented on Facebook. I’m sure you have friends that share hope, speak life, and give glimpses of beauty through their children or marriage.
Did you know that what you see on your Facebook all comes down to you? Did you know that you can control what you see on your newsfeed? No one will ever know that you did this. You don’t have to “unfriend” someone and look like an enemy. Just simply “unfollow” that particular person. (As shown in the picture below.)
Some of you like seeing all the drama and negativity on Facebook. It fuels you. You love drama. You love gossip.
For someone like you, I would be extremely cautious to continue down this road.
“You become what you think about.” -Earl Nightingale
Watching and reading your Facebook newsfeed is a lot like watching and reading the news. Seeing too much of it can overtake your thoughts, fears, and emotions.
So, aside from “unfollowing” certain people in your life to help keep your mind pure, I have another strategy for you.
Where you click to “unfollow”, there is also an option to “see first.” This is for those friends, bloggers, writers, public figures, or pages that you’d like to ALWAYS see what they post.
Find a handful of these people or pages that provide you life, wisdom, and truth. Go ahead and “see first” those people. Your newsfeed becomes a library, gaining knowledge and wisdom from wise and fruitful people.
I’ve completed this strategy over the last few months, and so now, every time I go onto my Facebook newsfeed, it’s filled with pictures and words that I WANT to see. This information is what’s consuming my mind. Not the mean and malicious posts that can cause hurtful or jealous feelings.
So, my challenge to you – when you’re constantly seeing negative posts from a specific someone, “unfollow” them. Then have people you want to learn from or want to constantly be updated with their life, change your follow to “see first”.
Now, I’m not here to cause any tension in relationships. I’m not here to cause anymore drama. I’m here to help YOU take ownership and authority over…
what your eyes see,
what you allow your mind to think,
and what your emotions feel.
The overflow of your heart comes from those three – what you see, think, and feel.
TAKE YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE… EVEN ON FACEBOOK!
I hope you’re encouraged, inspired, or challenged through this post. Share your thoughts in the comments below.