As more than a few people know I stopped posting to Facebook several years ago. I did not give warning of my intention. I just stopped posting.
I was not surprised when my “Friends” on Facebook did not respond to my abandoning Facebook – bluntly, not one of them noticed I was no longer posting to Facebook. Not one of them inquired after my well-being. Not one has sent an e-mail asking about my absence from Facebook.
It is an ugly truth that has allowed me to simplify my life.
Shortly after I noted that I had stopped posting to Facebook a reader of this blog sent me an e-mail, inquiring as to why I made the decision to do so. I explained that it involved the corporate racist policies of Facebook, the fraud that gives Facebook an appropriate nickname – Fakebook, and because I decided it lacked worth and value.
Monday, March 19, 2018, I was occupied writing another draft of a screenplay that I intend to have ready for an interested party before the end of the month when I noticed the number of e-mails in my inbox went from four to forty to more than four hundred. Curious as to what caused the onslaught I paused in my work and starting scanning the e-mails. All of them were asking if I heard about Facebook, and many asked: How did I know this would happen?
How did I know this would happen? What happened? I went on-line and found several articles about how Facebook was financially imploding.
Oh, that. How did I know that would happen?
I could claim some ability to see into the future and divine the events forthcoming. Or, I could go with common sense and respond: I just knew.
Facebook is not evil. Facebook is not pure evil. Facebook is beyond evil, beyond pure evil. Take a good look at Mark Zuckerberg and you will know this. Of course, you will need to do so by way of common sense.
When I first heard the phrase “Social Media” and the related term ‘Facebook’ I had no response because I did not understand what either meant or represent.
In time I came to understand that if you want to abuse yourself and waste precious time then Facebook is for you.
I tried using Facebook because a Writer I know was attempting to use it to promote his writing, and I wanted to kept current on his efforts and antics. He stopped using Facebook shortly after I stopped posting to Facebook because he realized as I had that Facebook is without merit or value.
Then came the 2017 election, and the role Facebook played in the election, despite claims by Mark Zuckerberg otherwise. Then came March 19, 2018, when Facebook began taking on the appearance of a blackhole in cyberspace.
If the Social Media universe should collapse in on itself, because of a massive influence called “Facebook” I will not be surprised. At the same time if Facebook should cease to exist and the remaining Social Media platforms – a blog, for example – should gain prestige and influence, so be it.
Regardless of what the future holds for Social Media I have a suggestion, a recommendation – a mandate for one and all: Approach Life with common sense, and when some defies common sense avoid it like you would a Social Transmitted Disease; an STD with an ominous sounding name like “Facebook”.