I’ve tried to get away from Facebook before. Lasted several weeks too, but I always came back, to it’s siren song of old friends. A couple of months ago, I deleted the Facebook app from my cell phone, and started only visiting the website a couple times a month. This time around, I also deleted the Twitter app, the Reddit app, and the Facebook Messager app. I’ve decided I’m done with social media in general.
Today I decided to take the extraordinary step of deleting my Facebook account. Hopefully it sticks, because Facebook is not easy to quit. When I requested to deactivate my account, they asked why and presented a long menu of options. The first one that struck my eye was “I don’t find Facebook useful anymore.” I selected that, and was presented a popup suggesting I might find it more useful if I connected with more friends. As if it was MY FAULT that I don’t enjoy Facebook anymore. I must be anti-social, which is why I don’t enjoy social media in general.
Of course, they never actually delete your account, they simply disable it, and invite you to come back anytime, and all your content will still be there. Geez, take a hint, Mark! I’ve read stories of other people who deleted their accounts, and found them re-enabled without their request, for various reasons.
I still have a WhatsApp account, but honestly, I’m thinking of dumping that too, because Facebook owns them, and has been trying hard to figure out a way to monetize that service. Also, I know the US federal government has told all the huge technology companies that they “NEED” a way to snoop on the private communications of all US citizens, “to protect the children” and ferret out all the terrorists. Because they’re too STUPID to figure out any other, more legal, solution.
WhatsApp was built with end-to-end encryption, meaning the company has no way to snoop or interfere with any communications using the service. But the US Government wants tech companies to stop using end-to-end encryption, because it’s just too strong for them to break easily. They have been complaining endlessly about “going dark” and the need for technology companies to cooperate with them. They have asked for secret back doors multiple times in the past, but they’ve always been shot down. But now? I don’t trust Facebook at all, so why should I trust their “trusted” communication service.
One thing I’ve learned is that without social media, the Internet is a whole lot less interesting. I’ve stopped spending hours on my phone and computer reading what other people are doing, and a lot more time writing my own content, on my own blog. And I guarantee you, exactly the same number of people are reading it. That being, none.