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Dolphins' Anthony Fasano quit social media -- and is loving it

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano is a rarity among his peers.

Fasano is one of the few players on the team who does not participate in social media -- and he is loving every minute of it. Fasano quit his accounts last offseason with no regrets.

According to Fasano, he stumbled onto the idea. The tight end, who is Catholic, gave up social media during Lent -- a religious observance that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later. After that period, Fasano realized that getting back on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram was not a priority.

“I was just finding myself during my family downtime paying too much attention to the phone,” Fasano said. “I took a break from it for Lent. I gave it up for Lent in the spring, and my life improved. I didn’t miss it, and I realized that I was just killing time and giving time to things I really don’t care about.”

Fasano, 33, is among the elder statesmen on the Dolphins. There are only three players -- quarterback Jay Cutler (34), defensive end Cameron Wake (35) and long-snapper John Denney (38) -- who are older than Fasano.

Fasano said he does not go around Miami’s locker room trying to convince his younger teammates to give up social media. But any time the topic is brought up, Fasano discourages it.

“If they would take the jump, I think it would improve their life,” Fasano said of his teammates. “I don’t know how much of a benefit there is besides information. But aren’t there better ways to get [information]?”

Fellow Miami tight end MarQueis Gray, 28, said he understands Fasano's point of view on social media but won't take the same approach.

"I couldn't," Gray said. "Right after practice I come in, check my phone and go right on SnapChat or something and see my text messages from my wife and kids.

"I know I'm not the only one. I'm just big into social media."

Fasano said he still carries his cell phone, which he uses to read news sites. According to Fasano, most of it is “bad news all day” and he'd rather not be influenced by it on a daily basis.

It has been about eight months since Fasano first quit social media, and it does not appear he will change his line of thinking any time soon.

“The quality time with my family and really not worrying about what other people are portraying their life to be, because most of it is BS and portraying things that aren’t reality,” Fasano said. “I feel like I’ve got a pretty good life. So I’ll just concentrate on what I’ve got going on instead of what everybody else has going on.”