Leaving Facebook

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Leaving Facebook was a long time coming and, to tell the truth, I didn’t think I would actually go through with it. After all, so much is intertwined in that behemoth and to begin to untangle one cord, naturally leads to many cords – family, friends, businesses, hobbies. The more I thought about it the more I thought it couldn’t be done, which, in itself, became a reason to do just that – cut the cord.

FB icon on computer uninstall option

I have a few friends who have never had a Facebook account. One specifically said that she didn’t believe in it, like it was a mermaid or a unicorn, and you could opt to believe in it or not. I laughed at her then thinking that it was a funny thing not to believe in, but now I agree with her.  I no longer believe in Facebook.

I’m posting here because I want to let people know who are looking for the Letters & Journals Facebook page, why they won’t find it. It existed once upon a time and was filled mostly with links to interesting articles on the power of a letter, reasons why handwritten notes are better, the fascination with typewriters and so on. These things will still get shared, but now it will be on this website, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

My reasons for abandoning Facebook:

  1. FoMO- The Fear of Missing Out malady is real, no matter how much you tell yourself you are fully aware of the pitfalls of such thinking, it is easy to fall into.
  2. Cambridge Analytica
  3. Too many ads
  4. The fact that so much of our everyday life is woven into social media – all social media
  5. Wasted time. I came across a phrase recently that said no one has ever come away from spending an hour on Facebook and thought to themselves, “That was an hour well spent.”
  6. I do realize that I’ll occasionally miss finding out useful information such as the death of a friend in a faraway location, but I trust that I will find out what I need to know when I need to know it through other means. If the world is limited by Facebook communication, what is that communicating?
  7. I will not miss seeing friends and relatives in unflattering self-revelations.
  8. I will miss seeing friends share their joy and happiness.
  9. I will miss seeing our grandsons’ antics.
  10. I will miss laughing at memes that resonate with me.
  11. I will miss sharing connections with people with whom I don’t normally interact.
  12. I will miss all my history in photos that I took the time to upload and share.
  13. Apparently I won’t miss all of the items I saved for future viewing because I never once went back to that massive collection.
  14. I won’t miss endless scrolling, although I do still have Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
  15. I will miss keeping up with local friends and their business offerings and events.
  16.  I hope to discover the JoMO, the Joy of Missing Out and reclaim the brain-addled time of addictive scrolling.
  17. Mr Zuckerberg’s decision to allow ads containing disinformation was one of the factors affecting my decision. Other broadcast entities are regulated, and even without regulation it is my belief that people and the corporations they manage, should act with integrity.

When you delete your Facebook account they give you 30 days to access your account in case you change your mind. This seems like a good idea if someone has second thoughts. I have until March 7 to log in and undo what I have done.

Someone could ask, “What about the other social media accounts?” and to that I would answer, that I don’t frequent them as often, and certainly don’t spend nearly as much time on any of them as I did on Facebook. Maybe that will change now that the scales of balance have come off-kilter with the loss of Facebook. Has lost time been re-found only to be lost again? I don’t think so, but time will tell.

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6 Comments

  1. Renee Jernander on February 9, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Oh, Jackie. I left Facebook a year or two ago, for many of the reasons you described, but the biggest was the unflattering revelations – I learned more about some people than I wanted to know! I still miss learning about major life events, such as births or deaths, but I have survived. I also still miss hearing from or about people with whom I don’t normally interact. But, I don’t miss the wasted time, as in, “…there’s another three hours I won’t get back! Did I really need to know what my third-grade classmate is up to now?” At the end of the day, it’s still worth NOT being on Facebook, but as recently as yesterday, I (very, very briefly) considered re-joining. I’m glad I resisted the urge, and think I will maintain my anti-Facebook stance. Welcome to the other side!

    • Jackie on February 9, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Renee! It’s nice to hear from you! Thanks for sharing your experience with leaving FB. It’s good to know it can be done! Stay strong!

  2. Mrs. Duffy on February 10, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    A young friend of mine announced on Facebook her reasons for abandoning it for the real world and suggested others ways to stay in touch with her. I offered that if she would PM me her address I would send her a real world, tangible letter. The address was quick in coming and so was the letter in going out. I hope this will grow into a long, conversation.

    • Jackie on February 10, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      What an awesome testimonial to life outside of FB. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  3. Hester on February 15, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Jackie

    I never had a Facebook page The reasons are many I look forward to seeing your posts in other places & most of all here

    • Jackie on February 15, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Hester!

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