I’ve considered leaving Facebook dozens of times over the years.
Each time, the thought of saying farewell to friends with whom I’ve shared stories and laughs has kept me from closing that particular digital door.
This time feels different.
As of this moment, I still have not closed my account, but find myself taking a step by step approach.
I checked and further tightened already tight security options. I’ve eliminated all apps on the site and deleted FB and apps from my phone, including Messenger. Plus, I deleted my FB page and links to the platform on this site.
I am disgusted with the premise of my data being sold to the highest bidder and then being used by corporate and government entities.
Disgust at their betrayal seems to finally be stronger than my attachment.
I’m checking in every other day while I slowly wean myself from an addiction to something that has proven itself unnecessary and actually detrimental in a number of ways.
The one sticking point is that I have a lively and small group, Origins, that I’m reluctant to leave. With a focus on ancient history, genetics, science, mythology, and art history, it fills a niche for a small, nerdy group of curious souls. We laugh a lot.
A solution that I’m considering is to create a page within this site where we can carry on with our explorations and share new discoveries with each other. I have to do a little exploring to see how to set up an interractive page, but I think it could be done fairly easily.
Group members will not be happy, so it’s an experiment that could fall flat. I’m at the point in my frustration with Facebook where I’m willing to take that risk.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime, happy spring!