I want to end it with Facebook, but I can’t bring myself to say good-bye.
I have my reasons for wanting to stay, the most obvious being my desire to stay connected to people I wouldn’t otherwise connect with.
Let’s face it, things have changed.
When I first met Facebook, it was a cool place to meet people and talk about all kinds of things. And if I wanted to use the voice of my big, floofy dog to instead of my own, so what?
Before long Facebook became more demanding. It wanted my “real” identity and banished the floofy dog to a corner called a “page.” It wanted my phone number, and the ability to track my location. Then I found it was stalking me as I traveled around the internet, and using my photos to identify me using facial recognition software. It was also stalking my friends.
Eventually this place morphed from a beauty shop to a reality show. People had no qualms posting racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted crap because they had “friends” who would agree with them. People lied about how great their lives were. People lied about how bad their lives were to con others into giving them money.
I’m sick of the bigotry, the narcissism and the never-ending stupid shit. I’m sick of being drawn to the app several times a day like a moth to a flame only to find my blood pressure rising as I wonder why I keep doing this to myself.
If those aren’t enough reasons to end it with Facebook, today I learned that Facebook took all that data it gathered on my via stalking and sold it to a Chinese company that has been identified as a possible security threat to the US. Oh, sure, Mark Zuckerberg SAYS he cares about us and wanted to bring the world closer together, but what he DOES is steal every aspect of our personal lives and sell it to the highest bidder. He is a very dangerous man, and Facebook is a very dangerous company.
So why the hell am I still with Facebook? Why can’t I bring myself to end it once and for all?
Have you found the courage yet to say good-bye? How’d it go?