There are a lot of reasons I suspended my FB account a week or so ago. It goes way back to the 2016 election and the Russian trolls/bots that stole it by manipulating people and flooding the platform with false stories designed to sow division. It continues all the way to 2020 with the continuation of disinformation and the Capitol riots, which were largely organized (at least initially) on Facebook’s platforms.
But, ultimately, it comes down to this: I’m tired of the constant negativity and there are a limited number of people I want to share my real feeling and details of my life with.
And, yeah…I see the irony of posting about why I left FB and whining about not wanting to share my life with the world while I write a public blog. But only the ones who really care (love or hate me) will bother to follow me here. My own husband doesn’t read this, so I am under no illusion that I have a large audience and I don’t care. I’ve never once looked at my stats. It doesn’t matter to me.
I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stay away from Facebook. I had to create a second — professional — account for work because posting on FB is literally part of my job at the college, but I started anew — I have one “friend” — a coworker who had to made me an admin on our page. I follow only college-related sites/pages.
I’ve learned a few things in the last week or so:
- Deactivating your account, does not effect Messenger, so you can still chat and private message all your friends.
- I’m insanely productive without FB in my life. I caught up on all my work and I think I wrote five stories in three days last week.
- I’m exponentially happier. I have no idea what’s going on in the world (other than looking at Washington Post and reading the Erie Times-News) and I don’t care. It feels great to not be immersed in news and provoked/angered by so. many. things. I feel great…really, really great. Happy, even.
- I’m going to miss stuff. No doubt, I’ll miss things that are going on but I figure if it’s big enough, I’ll hear about it. Someone will text me and the friends I see in person will keep me in the loop.
- I do miss seeing all the photos. I do have Instagram, but….people don’t post there as often. That’s good and bad, I guess.
- I have a lot more free time. I’ve filled it with writing, reading, catching up on random projects. Again….crazy productive these days.
- I’m not sure how I’ll handle freelance assignments when I need to crowd-source or when I need advice or recommendations on something. I can see me popping back up on FB here & there. It’s easy to active and/or deactivate.
- I don’t think I can leave it activated and just ignore it. I’ll end up scrolling that feed ….it’s like a drug. Thank god I never got/understood Twitter. One less habit to kick.
So, for now, I’m MIA on FB, and I’m loving it. You can find me on Insta, but only if you’re not going to bring me down. (Get off of a my cloud).