DETROIT, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's been two years since divorce, death and dysfunction were causing Ryan Beale's fragile state of mind to crumble to the point where he decided to 'hit the reset button' in his life. Chronicling his journey, the author's work, "Forty Days Off Facebook: A Pivotal Journey," hit #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases in two categories and was named a Best Seller in three others.
Thirteen days after his divorce was finalized, Beale suffered the tragic loss of his older brother to suicide. Always looking toward his big brother to push him further than he would push himself, Beale was forced to confront his new reality. He resolved to look inward in order to regain control of the chaos that was engulfing his life. However, he, like many others, was stuck in a holding pattern. He continued to use social media to keep his mind occupied.
"For me, Facebook has always been a love/hate relationship," Beale said. "Having an understanding of the technology, I see how relationships via social media can play into a very delicate part of the human psyche. Reality is, I was using Facebook as a coping mechanism from confronting my own anxiety."
He decided to take the next 40 days away from the social media site, and what began as a therapeutic experiment turned into a life-changing experience—an experience that has now begun to rip the conversation wide open on how a fast-paced, social-technology engulfed landscape is harming our ability to connect with ourselves and one another. "I am concerned for the next generation and for my future child. I am concerned that they are learning poor coping skills from us which will absolutely affect their ability to emotionally cope with life's stresses," says Beale.
Journaling his whole experience, Beale, in a effort to help others who may be dealing with similar challenges wrote "Forty Days Off Facebook," which in its 30 days on Amazon's New Release list reached #1 in 'Happiness (Self-Help)' and 'Mental & Spiritual Healing.' Additionally, it reached #2 in 'Mental Health' and Most Gifted Books on 'Happiness' and 'Mental & Spiritual Healing', second to "The Secret" as well as #3 in 'Death & Grief.'
"This was something I never expected when sitting to write this book, but certainly appreciate it," Beale said. "The letters and touching responses from readers revealing how my struggle has opened their minds to living with more purpose has reinforced the reason that I decided to share my story. That's such a reward to me."
Now recovered from his personal turmoil, Beale is happily married to a young woman he met during his 40 days off. They are expecting their first child this week.
For more information about "Forty Days Off Facebook," Ryan G. Beale and to learn how to purchase a copy of the book, visit 40DaysOff.com.
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