Towards the end of 2014, I quit Facebook. For me, this was no big feat as I had spent a significant amount of time learning about how the company utilises & profiteers from their user’s personal information and experienced how socially isolating rigorously maintaining a social media profile can be. In fact, I had been pondering the negatives of social media for some time and the defining moment came to me when Facebook administrators deactivated my profile, demanding that I send them a scanned copy of my personal Government issued identification in order for me to access my own profile that I had spent the last 10+ years building and maintaining! Although a quick Google search will tell you that this is common practice for Facebook, without question, no corporation should hold your personal photographs, posts, correspondence and associated ‘friends list’ to ransom like this. Not only does submitting your identification to an unknown recipient over the internet contravene every common sense safety practice any rational adult would uphold, but how can you trust what a non-Government internet corporation will do with it now and however long into the future? The answer was simple for me. Let them have what they have, and I will carry on happily about my life without a Facebook profile. Months later, I am enjoying a renewed, real life connection with my friends and without the effortless, over-stimulation of constant Facebook feed updates and suggestion marketing me to like this or to like that. In fact, removing Facebook from the way that I interact with my immediate community & associations has awakened dormant choice & expression that I believe social media feeds such as Facebook serve to dominate and stifle.
A simple evaluation of pros versus cons for deleting Facebook, beginning with PROS:
– My friends call me & I call them more often, and when we talk we have a lot more to discuss. Through basic human discourse, there is so much more joy in experiencing conversation when you can hear and experience your friends responses in real time. Social media contact will never be able to mimic true human expression and interaction and is really a poor substitute.
– I am enjoying day to day conversation with work colleagues and people in my community that I wouldn’t otherwise engage with more. Its amazingly simple the difference what not having your face glued to your mobile phone screen will do when you congregate with others in a public place, even if all you can manage at the time is some simple eye contact or a smile.
– For the first time since having a Facebook profile I am seeking information and marketing that I choose to interact with, rather than having a desensitizing & creativity stilfling abundance of information with limited effort on my part.
– Increased internet privacy! Being that this was the final catalyst for me deleting Facebook, I cannot stress the value of regaining this basic human freedom enough!
Nil – that I am aware of.