Monday, July 17, 2017

Let Go and Live: Facebook is Virtual Slavery.

The election season was a particularly ugly one, and those who dodged Facebook during that period of time were not just truly lucky, but very, very wise.  However, to the dismay of many who thought that maybe things would quiet down, things have not.  In fact, it seem as if political "discourse" is just as loud as it has ever been.  In fact, by some measurements, political discourse is getting uglier and uglier as time goes on.  And Facebook is politics center!

The media is obsessed with politics right now, and Facebook news feeds are rife with political blah blah.  It doesn't matter what side you are on, or if you don't even take a side, Trump, Hillary, Obama, and others are front and center on Facebook.  Do you know what one of my family members told me when I told them that political arguing on Facebook was a waste of time?   They said that after the election season, there would be no more political talk on Facebook!  And guess what?  This person, this person who was naive enough to think that politics would disappear from Facebook like magic, this person now posts political posts almost every single day!  

Facebook supplements this arguing and bickering about politics with their own "trending news" that features even more things to argue about.  And the comments are beyond ugly.  People trashing each other, forgetting that they are talking to real living breathing people!  And this is considered "the new normal" by 2/7ths of the world's population!  This is considered normal by the vast majority of the United States.  It is even speculated that maybe one day Mark Zuckerburg himself will run for the post of United States President!!  Could you imagine!  And you thought Trump was tweeting a lot?  Imagine Zuckerburg at the helm of the United States?  

However, all that is irrelevant if you are not even on Facebook.  If you are one of the few who hits that disable/delete button and leaves, you don't have to worry about a thing.  Now, you are likely to go through withdrawls.  I did.  I wondered if I was missing out.  Maybe the world was going on without me and I would come to regret being gone.  But then I asked myself, "what will I regret?"  Will it be not bragging about my future?  Will it be not sharing my dinner?  Will I miss out on knowing the political affiliations of all my cousins and classmates?  Will I miss out on saying something that gets me in trouble?  Will I miss out on the glow of a phone in my face at 10 pm or waking up to the urge to check a status update at 6 am?  

But then I thought, look what I am gaining.  I read more books than I have in a long time.  I spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking and enjoying life.  I spend more time with my wife and daughter.  I am thinner, happier, and able to live my life without the urge to check my phone.  And, know what else is nice?  That 230 mb Facebook app is not on my phone, which frees up a bit more space for photos and more productive apps!  In fact, I can't think of any real pros to using Facebook.  Sure, there are some people that I do miss talking to, but I still converse and visit my close friends.  And if they don't want to converse with me outside of Facebook, perhaps we are not that close?  I see my extended family often enough.  I don't need to be tethered to them via (a)social media.  For centuries people used to get by with just handwritten letters.  And we survived.  And some privacy was really a good thing.  There was a lot less drama when people were not always up in each other's business.

Yes.  I will say it.  I will SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.  I LOVE LIFE WITHOUT FACEBOOK!!!  I love life with a deactivated and dormant Facebook account.  I love being one of the privileged few that is not tethered to this form of (a)social media.  It is great.  And you can love it too.  Deactivate today!  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Update: July 16, 2017 - Facebook is Depressing!

Hello, and thank you all for your comments and continued reading of this site.  I am working on some new updates for this site, as well as going through and deleting the spam comments.  It seems that there were many of them.

Facebook is still ugly at its core.   Mark Zuckerburg recently announced that now 2 billion people worldwide are addicted - I mean, members - of the site.  That's TWO billion people that are hearing questionable "facts" and information, obsessing over their lives and looks, sharing every small event that takes place, and totally absorbed in political war.  Sadly, many of these 2 billion people think that this lifestyle is ideal.

Fewer and fewer people, especially in the United States and Europe, are without Facebook accounts.  Even when I travel abroad, it is everywhere.  From Nicaragua and Costa Rica, to Ukraine and India, Facebook was everywhere I turned my head.  The world is being wrapped up in it.  Those who stay strong and stay away are truly strong.

I have struggled with being back and forth on and off Facebook, and every time I have deleted my account, I have found that life got far more interesting, that I accomplished more, and that I felt better about things.  Facebook is one of the most depressing places on Earth.  People comparing every small part of their lives with the imaginary lives of other people... and they act as if they enjoy it!

There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr., A Man Who Changed The World Without Whining on Social Media!

Today we celebrate a man who got things done in the world.  A man who changed how we think about each other without social media.  Sadly, many people think that if they push "share" or whine about politics to their friends online they are going to "change the world."  No, the world is changed by people like the man above, people who actually act to make change.

Being pacified by Facebook is not going to change the world.  In fact, those who oppress like it when people are glued to their phones, television, computers, and other devices and, instead of being agents for change, passively drift through life.  If you think you are going to change the world by being pacified, you have been fooled.

It is the people who get off the couch, off their "online soapbox" that is comprised of mainly family and people they met while in school, and instead create change.

There are many ways to create change, from marching, speaking, voting, striking, mobilizing people.  Sitting on Facebook and sharing posts from political sources do not change a thing.  In fact, many of those "news" sites have been PROVEN to be fake!  You can't even trust what you read on Facebook - and I don't think you ever could have!  It's all confusion!  

So, what's it going to be?  Are you going to spend the rest of your life whining about the world to your family and friends, or are you going to join the "real world?"

The choice is yours.