is it time for me to quit Facebook?

I’m considering — very seriously — quitting Facebook. I realize these days it’s one of the best ways to reach people, but there are so many reasons why using FB conflicts with my values…

How would quitting Facebook impact my work? how would it impact my volunteer activities? how would it impact my activism? how would it impact my social life? what would I really, really miss?

I keep coming back to the idea that it’s only fear keeping me on Facebook. Fear I’ll miss out, fear I’ll lose money, fear I won’t know what’s happening in people’s lives. Living in fear isn’t how I want to live. The sense that Facebook has me held hostage is just one of the many reasons I think it’s time for me to let it go.

3 thoughts on “is it time for me to quit Facebook?

    • hmmm, I think that’d be a longer answer than I can give now. Trying to summarize: mega-corporation with tentacles in people’s lives so intertwined we feel we “need” it while the whole purpose of the corporation is to make money. greed. consumption. that sort of thing.

      do you like Facebook?

      • I think FB appeals to our egos, in just the way you outlined, and, you’re right, it becomes too easy to ignore what is going on in the background. The tailor-made algorithm driven content is what worries me most–but advertising, too. It’s generally annoying enough without being creepily relevant and somehow based on my “activities” on Facebook. I want to shout, leave me alone, and then I have to remind myself that I can leave any time I want.
        There is some way, I read, to leave FB so it is not permanent, and if/when you return your “data” will all be waiting for you, probably with little balloons that say “we mi-iiissssed you!!!!” I have a sneaking suspicion that if I stayed away for a few weeks (Grandma said 21 days to break a habit) the general background stress in my life might lower.

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