Tomorrow I am challenging myself to a one month Facebook hiatus, mostly to prove to myself that I won't be missing much without it. Facebook has become a hotbed of negativity, misinformation (because if it's on the internet it MUST be true), and "pity me" posts. I'm just not feeling it anymore, but I'm so used to checking it that it's become a habit I need to break. I have chosen to keep messenger, which does operate independently if the Facebook app is not installed.
I wanted to see if anyone would be interested in doing this with me, starting 2/26 and ending 3/26 (if you do want to go back). I think it could be an interesting self experiment, even more so if I could compare notes with others.
I gave up Facebook three months ago. I now take a peek every once in a while. I feel better for not getting involved in all the negativity surrounding our WH president despot / Trumpanzee and other horrible events. Life was and is better without FB.
I had enough of the nonsense, and deactivated my account December 12th, so I've already been about 10 weeks 'clean' lol. I knew a classmate had passed away last week and wanted to tell others near and far, but nope...I didn't even want to darken FB's dysfunctional door again. I may go back at some point because I've found a few 'legitimate' reasons for FB, but I'm not in any rush...I have this site now I can obsess over! Wheee!
This is a great idea. Highly recommend social media detox.
When it wasn't part of my job to be on facebook, I stayed off for one month in February and called it #ForgetFacebookFebruary
Looking forward to your Follow-up on this thread with how it went!
Actually I was going to do that starting - either yesterday or the day before, I forget now, but I almost exclusively access it on my computer - and it looked like disabling facebook on my computer would shut off messenger - which I need. I failed royally at the sheer willpower method.
I totally agree that facebook has become as you said - and earlier today after I finished feeling stupid, I had to laugh at myself for spending that long rebutting one of the more ignorant, egocentric sounding comments ever on my page that I only realized was sent by a bot after I replied. I previously hadn't really believed the bot story, but if this wasn't a bot, it was a troll. Maybe both - a troll bot.
People are getting meaner and more - convinced of misinformation, but there are elements out there intentionally confusing people and shortening people's tempers. It wasn't that long ago that people who got most of their information online rather than over television or radio were better informed, and mostly more even-tempered. Have I been to influenced by conspiracy theorists such that I'm imagining that if there is some evil, wealthy group that wants to abuse humanity to gain all power and control, it would be important to confuse the best informed, and agitate the even-tempered? I know that thought could be wrong. I'm also aware that making the concept of "conspiracy theorist" a term of ridicule would be a way to deter people from suspecting real conspirators of real conspiracies. Whatever - something is messed up in the world today.
Yesterday, I had to find a phone number/ contact for a semi friend who does insulation...so I looked on FB (amongst other places)....I saw that I have 15 notifications on the little globe. Do I care? NOPE! (I knew this would be hardest part) I got his phone number and left
I have heard of this and it cost some friendships because I felt that I was being punished for something that doesn't concern me. If your just not going to post but peek and see whats going on then your not doing much. I have thought about getting off of it all together some times because of the stupidity and revelations about people that I never had any idea ever existed before. I post things of concern and could give a shit what anyone else thinks. Your right about a lot of phony trash is displayed and some of it is very phony, but you have to realize how phony you were never aware of before.
The only reason I open fb is to see my mom's art and my niece and nephew. It took forever of unfollowing and blocking where all I see now is my mom, niece and nephew at the top and the crap if I scroll, which I rarely ever do. I browse this site, and deviant art waaaay more
I have to admit that FB is still the contact me and over 25 years later lovers still keep in touch. For all the negativity... my lovers are cherished as much now as in the last century. Sometimes we don't break up.... we just postponed while living another life.