It’s official! After about eleven and a half years as a Facebook user, I have given my several hundred FB friends my 48-hour notice. Here’s how I broke the news this evening during the supper hour:
As soon as I’ve cut myself loose from the three above-mentioned services this Tuesday coming, I’m guessing I might begin to feel some relief, knowing that I no longer have to, among other things, be exposed to content that I don’t want to see. Things like political debates, trolling matches, false/misleading content (including supposed “news items”), bad/annoying memes, conspiracy theories, general misinformation, people spewing their own
unique theories/beliefs/etc. B.S./misinformation related to COVID, and on and on and on.
Another type of post I absolutely *did not* want showing up on my feed was the “GIVEAWAY!” post, usually from a business page. You know, the ones where you absolutely must like the page/follow the page/like the original post/share the original post/comment on the original post/tag five friends in your comment/et cetera et cetera, just to be entered into a draw for some piddly little prize. Almost every time one of these showed up on my feed, usually from somewhere not in the Ottawa Valley or the Pontiac, I would immediately block all posts from the offending business. We’ve got a recurring one of those here in Renfrew County, specifically in Laurentian Valley Township, and it involves lottery tickets – the person has separate business pages for their two operations, and every week, they’ll post a photo of a current and valid Ontario Lotto Max or 6/49 ticket, the photo possibly slightly redacted, and in order to be eligible for a share of the top prize (if the person’s ticket actually does win the however many millions of dollars), you have to do pretty much all of the required tasks in the typical “giveaway protocol”.
Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to no longer using or relying on such a huge corporation that is said to have contributed to so many problems – problems including severe depression and other mood disorders, especially among teens and young adults; the rise of “cancel culture”, and extreme divisiveness and skyrocketing political violence in the United States.
From yours truly to that big blue wasteland in the social media world, “So long, farewell, aufwiedersehn, goodbye!” Stay tuned!