It is really and truly time for everyone to close their Facebook and Instagram accounts. It is time to stop making excuses for continuing to use both of these services, because with Facebook, you are the product. Facebook takes your data and sells it to the highest bidder; all you got in return was psychologically manipulated in the process. By using Facebook, you are feeding the very machine that you seek to undermine.
Facebook contributes nothing of any real and tangible value to your life. It beguiles the mind how progressives rail against the system while simultaneously breathing life into it. By using Facebook, by merely logging in, your data is being rapidly mined and the data scientists are figuring how to best manipulate and market your data and sell expensive targeted advertisements to you.
Close your Facebook account. Get your Friend’s telephone numbers and email addresses. Instead of short, trivial, and meaningless messages and likes, sit down and compose a really good email. Pick up the phone and talk to your friends. Really listen to them instead of the ultimately mindless engagement that is clicking like without really reading the message. Go outside, take a walk, put your phone down.
It is time for us to put an end to the ceaseless bombardment of information that is neither good for our bodies nor our minds. The best thing I did was break free from Facebook. I will be 2 years free from the social network in the first week of November. Facebook encourages you to compare yourself to some arbitrary definition of success. You see others that artificially appear happier or more successful than you, and you feel like you do not measure up. You might even feel depressed as a result of this comparison.
I will leave you with this to ponder: Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook out of his personal desire for communication that did not center around actually meeting people in real life. He’s a notorious introvert and it was created to meet the needs of the introvert or even somebody with some anti-social tendencies. What Mark Zuckerberg has done is to reduce discourse and communication to a like button. The sooner everyone recognizes this, the healthier we will all become.