Footloose And Facebook-Free

Today is the day that my Facebook account info is permanently deleted. This ends my fourth and shortest round of Facebooking. And, dare I say, it is my final round. No more Zuckerberg productions for me.

I’m Done With That

I finally deleted my Facebook account back in April – 30 days ago. So I got the standard message informing me it would take that long to remove all traces of my digital existence from the social network. Except, of course, for my shadow profile. Right?

Actually, it would not surprise me if Facebook archived my stuff and did not truly delete it. Who knows what really happens? I can’t say I trust Facebook after more than a decade of privacy violations and such.

So how’s it been since I quit? Well, it’s not like I quit cold turkey. I had disengaged considerably since last December. By the time I nuked my Facebook account from orbit, I was pretty much over it. In the last 30 days, I have not missed Facebook one bit.

I really think I’m off Facebook for good and forever. And it really seems like that’s finally become more of a general trend. There a media reports every week against Facebook.

Divide And Conquer

One huge and excellent opinion piece was recently in the New York Times, written by Chris Hughes. It’s an authoritative summary of Facebook’s flaws and faults. And it’s an imperative call to change the way fractured Facebook is managed because of its ill-effects on our society and democracy.

In other words, there’s been so much smoke about Facebook, there must be a real fire there; it’s not a false alarm.

I still think Facebook is far too big and influential – powerful – to be under the total control of one idealistic person, who happens to be Mark Zuckerberg at the moment.

Do I think Facebook should be broken up? Yep, I do. If nothing else, I think Whatsapp and Instagram should be separated out and be on their own as they once were. But I admit that I don’t know what the best solution is to “fixing Facebook.”

The trouble is, I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg knows the solution either. And while it may be less than ideal to call on the US government to solve the social network, it seems to be the next best step at this point.

Too many seasons and scandals have passed under Zuckerberg’s watch; there must be a better watch. And it must be a group of people, not one person with majority shares.

Time will tell what happens. Facebook might limp on for a while. Either way, I’m running fine without it! We all can!

I like the way Kermit sang this wisdom,

Movin’ right along in search of good times and good news, With good friends you can’t lose.

Forget Facebook. We can have good times and good news without the Newsfeed. We have good friends we can’t lose even when we delete Facebook.

I say,

Movin’ right along, footloose and Facebook-free!

Are you going to delete Facebook? Why or why not? Comment below or message me. Nice to hear from you! Thanks for reading.

5 thoughts on “Footloose And Facebook-Free

  1. Congratulations for quitting FB. I don’t think they actually delete any data… this would break their knowledge graph. As a quitter myself, I do miss a few things from my friends circle but I guess we have to accept this as part of our courage to quit… something that a lot of people would love to do but just don’t do it for many different reasons.

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      1. Facebook, and social networks as a matter of fact, is like a danse club in any city. They all have their glory period and eventually fade away for no apparent reasons… they get replaced by cooler places. What comes next after FB? Big question.

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    1. Quote from the book “Digital Minimalism”

      In the end, I just accepted the fact that I would miss some events in their lives, but that this was worthwhile for the mental energy it would save me to not be on social media

      That’s how I feel after deactivating my facebook for nearly 2 months now, for once I genuinely feel curious about my friend’s life without their news constantly bombarding my feed, I am much more patient when it comes to communicating with friends in reality, instead of virtually.

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      1. Thanks, Simmy. A lot of people who quit feel relief like you do. It is kinda liberating. It’s less mentally taxing. People who quit social media find time and energy for better things, finding more fulfillment. Glad you are doing the same!


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