I havent liked social media for a while now. It all seems so fake and contrived, full of posts about “fun people”doing “fun things”. And do not even get me started about all the clickbait articles being mindlessly shared. Cures for cancer, get-rich-quick-schemes, scammy weight loss products, political propaganda…the list just goes on and on.
So about a month ago I was browsing Facebook and I came across a photo of myself in a friend’s feed. It was a horrible photo, I looked like a potato. The friend didn’t tag me in it either, so I if I hadn’t been mindlessly scrolling I most probably wouldn’t even have seen it. Of course, the Husbeast didn’t understand why I was upset, he looked amazing in the photo! What upset me was that I hadn’t been asked if I wanted my picture taken, I was told to “smile”and that was it. I don’t like being in photo’s, they make me uncomfortable. I really dont like it when people pressure me into posing for pictures. This was a double-whammy.
So I deactivated my account. And I feel amazing. I don’t have to read people’s racist, sexist, and homophobic rants. Im no longer exposed to super negative clickbait “articles” The one downside is that I’ve lost contact with some friends. I never noticed how much of our interaction had been over Facebook, once I pulled the plug on Facebook I killed our friendships as well.
It is super irritating to have to justify to people why I’m not on Facebook anymore. It’s amazing how we rely on an app to connect with our loved ones. And how much of what we know about the world we learn from our newsfeed’s. So now I have to connect the old fashioned way, actually reach out to people and make conversation. And that’s a good thing, I think