facebook is like ice cream

Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012

The cravings feel the same.  Maybe the mouth doesn’t water quite as much when logging into Facebook, but both Facebook use and ice cream consumption leave some of us with a strong urge or desire to get more.  Whether the hand cups a cone or a mouse, whether it taps against the track pad or the crispy lining, the sweetness of social media and a cold creamy dessert fill us with desire.  While both seem satisfying, they leave us with a sense of false fulfillment and pain.

The extreme use of sugar and social media are death to our internal (and external) world.  The wonders of our advanced technological world are on rapid overdrive.  A slow morning greeting our bodies, minds or lovers is replaced with frantic alarms and immediate running.  The problem is the inability to slow down our minds and our bodies.  Morbid obesity now leaves healthy and active individuals as markers of ‘anorexia’ or ‘eating problems.’  The problem however is the unbelievable use of sugar in all of our modern foods.  In agreement with The New York Times Article, Is Sugar Toxic? that addresses Dr. Robert Lustig’s lecture titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, I too believe sugar is addictive and contributes to the death of our true nature.  While our precious bodies yearn for greens and wild animals whose existences offer life and nutrition, we have shut our ears to hear the simple call.  Ok, let’s say the call (so we think) is screaming, “ice cream!”  If we answer this distorted call…


Do we really want to be a mono-flavor of predictable vanilla or chocolate or would we rather seek authenticity to be more like a wildly swirled sorbet?


Or better yet, let us dare to dive into wholesome and holistic alternatives such as Greek yogurt packed with tons of protein and good fats and calories.  Top this with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, flax, chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds or almonds.  This snack leaves us feeling much better than after eating an ice cream cone.  Due to the high amounts of sugars, the ice cream causes bloating in the stomach, an increased heartbeat and a sense of fatigue (just a few of the numerous harmful effects of sugar). While successful marketing and sales teams tell us that non-fat fruit-flavored yogurt is the way to go, it is still packed with sugar.


Aside from obvious sweets, sugar hides in ‘healthy’ cereals, breads, granola and health-food bars, yogurt, fruit juices, all kinds of condiments such as mustard, ketchup and salad dressings, marinated meats, organic and gluten-free labeled foods and so on.  Let us challenge ourselves to read the label next time we ‘think’ we want to buy ice cream or any food and see just how ‘healthy’ it is.


Ok, so you made it through the very basics about the harmful effects of sugar.  Now, what does this have to do with Facebook?  Similarly, the body builds a sense of desire and need to post our latest opinions or activities, however, how much better do we really feel after?  A successful man who decided to leave his job to travel noticed that when he was on Facebook and saw posts of what his peers were doing professionally, his self-esteem and self-worth dropped.  Subconsciously he compared himself to others, forgetting that he was to be envied while temporarily traveling, discovering himself, learning about new cultures and seeing new places.


Like the ice cream cone, the mind plays tricks on us and makes us think we want something that is actually doing harm to us in the long run.   Facebook takes us out of the present and moves us into an overwhelming and unrealistic universe.

Can you relate?  How have you noticed a negative shift in your life with the overuse of social media and technology?

Disagree?  What positive experiences have you experienced on Facebook and how has changed your life in a better way?


While there are great benefits and extreme positive cases from the use of Facebook (i.e. political and global revolutions, suicide prevention) the every day, minute influences are doing more harm to our bodies, minds and self-esteem than we know.  The article, How Your Crack-Head Style Addiction To Facebook Is Wrecking Havoc On Your Body Image shows some starting survey results about body image and social media use.  Think about trying a mini test with yourself the next time you are on Facebook.  How do you feel after checking posts and updates?  Do you question yourself and what you are doing in your life?  Do you feel a bit anxious or unsettled or does your heartbeat feel a bit faster?  Do you feel the same after talking with a friend face-to-face?


Experiment with yourself to broaden your social and personal space. Try calling a friend to come over to share big news rather than posting it on Facebook and see how you feel.  Take a walk when you have fifteen minutes to spare.  How about journaling how you feel when you hear unsettling news?  Try looking in the mirror for a few minutes and evaluate what you think of that person, deeply and honestly.


 It is time to self educate, self-love and self-heal this world emotionally, physically and spiritually.


We are as delicate and as complex as each wonder on Earth.  We need the rest of the world just as much as we think the rest of the world needs us.  We are an ecosystem of light.  If we pull away from our true nature, the light dims and harms not only ourselves, but also those around us.  The world has changed for better and for worse due to technology and it is up to us to self manage and find a positive balance in our lives.  As the Google Chrome ad states, “the internet is what you make of it.” So let us use it to our advantage and then break away and go live life.  Take on new hobbies, visit a local art gallery, take naps, go hike a new path, call a family member you haven’t talked to in months or even years, buy a cheap paint set and splatter paint on a poster board to express your emotions, make a dinner using something you’ve never tried before, donate an old outfit to a charity…dream big, live well and allow that little whisper inside you to strengthen.  As it is with my own journey, I hope you will realize in your own way that no ‘like’ from Facebook or rainbow sprinkles on an ice cream sundae can satisfy your hunger – it is the sweetness from within that rightly nourishes the soul.


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  1. That’s exactly how Facebook is! I’m going through a phase where I don’t even enjoy Facebook that much and yet I still can’t stop myself from going on. When I do go on, even reluctantly, I find 20 or 30 minutes will roll by with out my realizing it.

    It’s hard to disconnect and try to keep things in “the real world” when Facebook has become a replacement for the real world. Dinner and event invitations happen on Facebook rather than through a phone call. Friends email me on Facebook rather than my personal email. So even if want to take a break from Facebook, I’ll be disconnected in big ways.

    • Hi Colleen!

      It’s a delicate balance. Being the tech-rebel that I am, I decided to get off of Facebook completely. It sounds like you value certain aspects of Facebook, but also want to discover just when and how to best use your time on Facebook. You make some great points. Having event reminders are a definite help in housing all your social activities on one site, but as you mention, loses the relationship aspect.

      Maybe try setting a clock and only allow yourself a certain amount of time. I know that can be helpful for me while on the Internet. If you try it, let me know how it works out. Good luck on the journey! I know I’m still working on it myself.

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