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.
This is still true. Facebook can be supportive but also kind of a drag whenever you share opinion and that sort of thing.
So, Facebook is getting into the dating and relationship game. After the past year they have had isn’t this the very last thing they need to be getting into. Perhaps cleaning up their act should come before anything else. This can’t go wrong, can it?
When you try to do so many things you are not the master of any of it. Stick with what you know.