I guess it was just a matter of time.
Yes, we will concede that for some people, Facebook really is a valid way to keep in touch and as well, Facebook can certainly be helpful if you are promoting a business. Some of us have friends in faraway lands where Facebook acts as a lifeline to keep them connected to the people they know and love. For others however (points to self), it’s a timesuck and a tool for procrastination so the need for a personal Facebook account soon became more and more irrelevant.
Over the last year or so, I’ve adhered more and more to the idea of a news diet. I believe that we are becoming more saturated and less tolerant for bullshit. We all know this: since the coming of the Internet, news media as a whole has become lazy and more about click bait headlines. After all, with paid subscriptions being the exception rather than the norm, news websites of all stripes really just want your traffic and are willing to sacrifice their integrity for it. Sure, you can seek out the truth and find reputable websites but many of us just don’t have the time because of the incredible amount of churn out there.
And there’s a lot of it.
So back to Facebook. Facebook has become for me (and I’m sure it’s no different for many other people), my own personal churn. Sure, I can filter out my friends updates about their renovations and my acquaintances updates about their latest meal. And I can also, perhaps most importantly, filter out the daily outrage that so many people post about be it political, social, or local to the minutest detail. But in the end, it’s just a waste of time. If you’ve been on Facebook for a long time, you may have already experienced a certain weariness with it. If you are relatively new to Facebook, by all means, have fun with it and explore.
What it comes down to, is that at some point, I had to choose productivity over procrastination and that, as you know by now, is when I stopped using Facebook.