There is life after Facebook

Facebook has been able to embed itself into billions of lives over the years. Since we are on our mobile devices so much these days, it is truly a part of us. Which is scary.

Lately, there have been more and more revelations about how Facebook shares user data. I won’t even get into the fact that Facebook was rampant with propaganda and fake news during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. I’ll just focus on the more current events. The fact that Facebook has shared a lot of user data with major corporations. One reason is because Facebook needs to make money. Another reason is those corporations need to make money and Facebook is a gold mine for advertisers. Maybe you knew this and are okay with it. Maybe you didn’t. Personally, I’m in the, “this is invasive and scary,” camp.

I have not deleted my Facebook account. However, I am trying to use it less. I’ve been fairly successful because I’m instead focusing on doing things like this; starting a new community. Also, I would have deleted it by now but my wife prefers I keep it for the memories.

This brings me to the title of this post. Is there life after Facebook? Can you and still go on living? Will your life crumble before your eyes?

I’m being overly dramatic. Of course you can delete Facebook and still go on. In fact, you can move on, and have a healthier life. Maybe you can get back to getting outside more, finding a new hobby, hang out with real people, in real time, at real places. Also, without Facebook you won’t be constantly seeing unrealistic interpretations of people’s lives.

I’ll be the first to admit, I tend to only post photos that are good looking. If there is a pile of laundry in the background, I don’t post it. It’s not real life. And, it’s making us crazy.

The main reason I decided to write about this is because I just read an article on CNN by Heather Kelly. It is clearly a pro-Facebook article. And, I can understand what makes her and others nervous about people deleting Facebook.

What makes some nervous is the fact that some people have spent years and many hours of work getting likes and building a presence on the platform. Corporations have poured millions into the platform. So, of course it’s hard for them to leave. What a disaster if the majority of users left the platform. Everyone would have to go back to old fashion banner ads. Very scary.

One argument from this CNN article is questioning where you’d go? Well, more and more niche networks and communities are popping up. Like this one. You’ve also got federated networks like Mastadon. In short, there are plenty more places online to go, the problem is, many, like this one, don’t allow ads. They don’t work for businesses.

Another argument is that your data is already out there. This is an old and tired argument. “Well, this already happened so you might as well give up and move on.” I don’t buy into these arguments.

Finally, there’s the argument in this article which basically says that there’s no point. Facebook is comprised of billions of users. You aren’t hurting it by leaving. Again, this is kind of like the previous argument and is like saying, “There’s no point in voting.”

Don’t let corporations fool you. You will survive if you delete Facebook.

The article being referenced can be found here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/21/tech/how-to-delete-facebook/index.html

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