Sayanara Facebook, A Dear John Letter…

Sayanara Facebook, A Dear John Letter…
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Dear Facebook,

I’m not sure how I can say this in a nice way, so I won’t.  It’s over between us.

I suppose I could say it’s not you, it’s me, but that would be a lie.  It’s mostly you.

Don’t get me wrong.  We had some good times.  It was fun in the beginning.  You were great at helping me reconnect with friends from my past, and I could see how my extended family was doing at a glance.  Shoot, I even went to my last high school reunion because of you.  You allowed me to see how so many people from my life were doing well; raising families, advancing their careers, traveling.  You made sure I remembered their birthdays and special events, and I could pass on sympathies and condolences when things took a bad turn for them.

And I know many people complained about you.  Did we REALLY need to see posts about what everyone was eating or EVERY time they stopped at Starbucks?  Probably not, but I never minded that about you.  Most people’s lives are pretty mundane, it’s part of who we are.  At least it seemed honest.  Besides, I often got some good restaurant recommendations.

No, none of that bothered me.  Actually, the real reason I’m breaking up with you is that you are a liar.  You say your goal is to connect people together, but that’s not really true, is it?  It seems you do just the opposite.  I mean, every time some traumatic or controversial happens in the world, all these posts appear in your feed.  People post their views, others disagree with them, a comment flame war erupts.  Before you know it, people unfriend each other.  All that “connecting people” stuff is horseshit.  Facebook, you breed discord.  And don’t even get me started on the last presidential election.  Your part in that whole Russian election meddling was pretty damned slimy.

Another thing I hate about you is that you like to waste people’s time.   If I had a few minutes to spare, I might log on to check my feed.  Before I knew it, an hour of my day was shot.  I know. You can point the finger right back at me, saying that was my fault.  I needed self-control, I’m an addict.  But while there may be some truth to that, who was the “dealer” in this addictive relationship?  By design, you set things up to make easy to stay on your platform.  All the targeted ads, all the enticing clickbait.  I realize I share some guilt here, but your hands are not clean either.

So, it’s over.  I’m deactivating my account and walking away.  And while I can’t say I’ve found another to replace you yet, you are not the only fish in the sea.  There’s your little sibling Instagram for example.  I know you all are family, but Instagram is more how you USED to be; pictures without all the politics and drama.  Fewer trolls and less clickbait too.

Twitter?  Forget it.  It’s worse than you, Facebook.  How can anyone convey a plausible thought in 140 characters or less?  (Hmmm, maybe THAT’S why Trump loves Twitter so much!)  Twitter is built to insult and retort.  Not exactly the foundation for a positive relationship now, is it?

No, I think I need to start kicking it “old school”, and look for bloggers and sites myself.  While many of these people I may not know, most of them will take the time to think before they post something.  While I may not always agree with them, hopefully it will at least be thought out.

I know, you’re going to say, “I’ll be back, I’ll miss you when you’re gone.  Everyone loves you, everyone uses your platform.  I’ll be cutting myself off from the rest of the world. Blah, blah, blah…”    Well, newsflash for you, Facebook.  I was fine before I met you, I’ll be fine after you’re gone.  If I’m condemned to wander the internet alone, so be it.  At least I’ll be rid of your manipulation and cacophony.

Seriously, you won’t be missed.

AJ

Carolina grad, business owner, Master of the Oblivious, "Rural Renaissance Man", dog lover, family man, geek...

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I agree wholeheartedly! I was on Instagram for about a minute. Didn’t like it. I’m on Twitter, but don’t spend much time there. Too much too much!!

    1. I find following blogs to be just my speed as I get into it a bit more. FB and Twitter were just too contentious for me. Posts were OK but the replies/comments got rough! I like Instagram because there are always great pics of places to go and things to eat! (two of my favorite pastimes, LOL!)

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