I just deactivated my Facebook account.
It wasn’t a snap decision, but a culmination of a lot of things that peaked with some of the revelations about how the Russians used the platform to spread targeted ads and widen political divisions in the U.S. during the last presidential election.
I also found that the product is no longer the one I used to love — the one I found useful in college to learn more about friends I was meeting and whether we shared classes.
Instead, it seems more like a wasteland of political opinion, memes and cartoons I don’t find interesting and snippets of video I have no interest in watching. It’s become an outlet for opinion and random entertainment instead of a place to connect with other people.
There are some things I’ll miss. I’ve found Facebook useful for managing my social life, particularly with the invites to events that other Facebook friends are attending. I’m willing to give that up for now, though, and maybe it’ll help me learn to reach out to people more directly, like over the phone, instead of with a quick “like” on a post or an automatic “happy birthday” comment.
If you’re like me and want to do the same, here’s how:
Let’s block ads! (Why?)