So, today is my one week without Facebook anniversary. I have been just fine without it. Sure stuff is going on there I wonder about but in reality, I am learning that I just don’t need to know what is going on with everyone all the time. Avoiding drama is good for one’s mental health. As I wrote about earlier there is a Fear Of Missing Out but as you go along that fear is less and less.
Perhaps Facebook has told us that you can’t live without it but I know a few folks who are doing just that and many of them are fellow bloggers. Facebook can be a strong influence in terms of what is posted there. I am just glad there is one less thing to worry about. Let’s see how long this lasts, maybe it can be something long-term. We shall see.
Mark Zuckerberg I don’t need you telling me what to do! 🙂
Now that I am not on Facebook at the moment I might be posting to my blog more. That would increase the posting frequency. How do you feel about this? Would that make you unfollow me?
FOMO is the Fear Of Missing Out and its a real thing for some people. Add Facebook to that and you get FB-FOMO and that is why people stay so long. For me, I just need to break away to minimize the drama and all the stuff going on. Having a fear of missing someone’s posts or breaking personal news is not always a good thing. Maybe not knowing everything is a healthy way to approach life. Also, Facebook has some serious baggage like ads and how it tracks your activities in other places you go to. So I will miss some things but I think I am freer to express myself. So as we go along I will share more about what’s going on here and there during my self-imposed Facebook exile.
To make my Facebook hiatus more official, I deactivated my account. At some point, I will return to it but that will be a while. It feels good to do so. Farewell Facebook.
I am taking yet another Facebook break. I have discovered its hard to be yourself there and control who sees what you want to keep private. Yes, I know my blog is open for all to see but the one thing about my blog is that I pay for domain registration and the premium package through WordPress.com. It is important that I have total control over what I say, my content and even who sees these words.
My connections on Twitter and Instagram will not change. You can connect with both through the widgets on the right. Connect with me if you wish there.
When you take a social media break do you include your blog as a part of that time away? I am contemplating some sort of break soon and want to know what you think. Your input is appreciated.
On Twitter the hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending as a response to their not deleting a fake video featuring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The responsible thing would be to delete it and offer an editorial retraction as a way of discouraging future events from happening. Lots of fake news and click bait are ruining it for everyone. Algorithms the site uses often don’t make sense in how it displays information on your feed.
Personally deleting Facebook wouldn’t be so easy. As a social network organically Facebook is still a good platform for person to person contacts. A lot of people I know use it and its a good way to keep up with what is happening in their lives. I also have connections with others who are like minded who are sharing what is on their hearts and minds about the state of the world we live in.
Being mindful and using careful judgement would make Facebook a better place. Using tools available to customize your experience and what information you see would be a best practice. I also think keeping the dark details of ones personal life off the platform would be best. The less someone knows the better it can be for you.
Ultimately Facebook does need more checks and balances. It needs to be policed and to create a safe place for everyone. Regulation would be appropriate in order to get it under control. No doubt it needs radical change not only in what you see but those behind the scenes who run the company. The network can be saved but it probably needs to have some sort of digital “chemotherapy” to make it well again.