Jenn, I read your article and share your sentiment. I even went so far as to “deactivate” Facebook, but then quickly realized if I do that, I can’t engage with my clients, customers and business associates on the various pages that I administrate through my account. So, I did this instead.
“Friends, in an effort to be healthy in my mind and heart, I am going off this grid. If you need to reach me, you can figure out how to find me, it’s not that hard. For those of you whom I can only keep in contact through Facebook because you live in far off places, find me on Instagram, Linked In, Medium or whatever. I just need to get off this platform for a bit. I have had enough of bitter responses, bullies and fake news for the moment. There is no one thing that made me feel this way, I just need to get off here. (unfortunately, I run marketing of my businesses through this platform, so I can’t completely go off grid, but I’m NOT reading your posts, engaging anyone or acknowledging any posts with an emoji of any sort. Not even going to be a voyeur to see what you are up to. It’s abundantly clear that this place is too weird right now. Love and kisses. Hope to see you in real life
:) And, Happy Thanksgiving!”
John Oliver said it correctly during his season finale, and I’m paraphrasing, the news that some people are sharing is just blatantly false and Facebook did nothing to stop it. You just have to be strong, take the App off your home screen, remove all notifications for the App and only use it for business, which I am successfully doing. I feel liberated, but at the same time, sad because I can’t keep up with the people I care about that live thousands of miles away from me in a quick and easy way. It’s refreshing not looking at Facebook and getting upset about all the bullshit going on there. I instead, am spending my very limited time, getting involved with organizations I was once so involved with BK (before kids) that I believed in. Organizations that focused on things I cared about, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In addition to spending more time with friends in person, that’s where I’ll be spending my time over the next few years instead of Facebook, what I now like to call the ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK. And, one more thing, FUCK YOU 2016!