Why I left facebook

Submitted by Dave on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:29

My primary reason for starting and maintaining a Facebook account was to keep in touch with remote relatives. The secondary reason was to promote my businesses.

In reality I barely posted anything, liked things sporadically and rarely commented. It was nice to see what people were up to but most of my feed was people liking pithy sayings, liking pictures of memes and a good helping of ads and questionable news articles.

Having 7 kids I don't get much free time so I pick activities that give me value.

I started to think about how much value I was getting from Facebook. It turned out that the answer was Not Much.

Rather than making me closer to the people I knew, it actually gave me a reason not to talk to them as I already new what was going on in their lives. 

From the business side of things all I got was another thing to manage.

I've always been apprehensive when it comes to Facebook. Something about giving control of my information to a corporation in a foreign country does not sit right with me.

Having a company that knows who I know, what my history is, what my history with specific people is, what I like, what they like is downright scary. When that company pushes their app so that they can read other communication streams (the Facebook app requires acess to text messaging on your phone) I start to get suspicious.

So why did I leave?

I don't have the time.

I don't need the extra distraction.

I don't want to be used as a pawn.

I don't want my information to be used to build up a dossier on me that can then be sold to all and sundry so that they can push products on me.

I want real relationships with real people in real life.

I don't want to know everything about everyone.

I want to be more present in my actual life.

So if you need to get in touch with me. Text me, email me, stop by the house or send me a note on this site.

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