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A Farewell to Facebook?

27 November, 2016 (20:57) | Dead Water, Facebook | By: Ian Burdon

I’ve been on Facebook for a while, I think since around 2009. I am now in my second week without it. My account hasn’t been deleted, but I have disabled it so I don’t show up there if anyone looks for me. Click on the Facebook link to the right and you’ll get a ‘Page Not Found’ message.

The reason I did it was simple: I opened my account up over breakfast one morning, scrolled back through a few entries, and decided I didn’t want to see any more of what was there. I’ve always said I liked Facebook because I could keep in touch with friends and relatives and post photographs, etc., but the scrolling list of memes and stupidity that morning repelled me, especially the political stuff from either side of the Atlantic.

Signal:Noise was unacceptable.

I’m not going to make any grand claims about how not being on Facebook has made me happier–it’s only been a few days so far after all, but the absence of it as a distraction is a very pleasurable experience. I’ve done more with my time, even if that ‘doing more’ has largely been reading and thinking about writing (and seeking publication). I’ve also started thinking about 2017 and what it may bring, and in doing so have been playing guitar more and cleaning up my old SLR cameras, readying them for use.

I don’t know whether I’ll eventually just delete the Facebook account or leave it in permanent suspension; it still has some uses, I think, so it will stay for a while. I am sure, though, that I want to reclaim my life, and especially want to reclaim my creative life. The creeping ubiquity of Facebook, or at least the way I used it, interferes with that and so, for now, it has gone.