For the last three weeks or so, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from Facebook – it was doing my head in, to use an expression I dislike. I have popped in occasionally and had a quick scan of what’s going on, but I haven’t posted anything myself (or indeed wanted to) for a good while now.
Facebook has changed. And not for the better, in my opinion. It’s full of ‘suggested’ pages and posts, crappy advertising, pointless videos, links to things I’ve no interest in, and twee things saying ‘share this if you love your daughter’, or ‘put this as your status for one hour if you wish cancer didn’t exist’, and other such inane rubbish.
Facebook has been brilliant for reconnecting with a lot of people who I’d lost touch with for years, but I’m a great believer in moving on from things that you’re not enjoying any more, and that time has come.
I am tired of reading self-congratulatory/isn’t-my-life-wonderful type posts from people who don’t actually have a very wonderful life at all, and it’s making me dislike them as people, when actually in real-life they are quite self-deprecating and genuine individuals.
I am particularly sick of seeing one particular friend who’s in her sixties and a very astute and witty person, writing posts in ghetto-style text speak, presumably in some sort of mis-judged effort to be ‘down with the kids’.
And, you know, I could be spending my time a lot more wisely and enjoyably than scrolling through a newsfeed that is full of all the things I mentioned in paragraph 2 above, along with some random photos of someone’s kids at swimming lessons, and what somebody else had for lunch that day.
The problem is that Facebook is weirdly addictive, I’ve found – even though I haven’t actually enjoyed the time I’ve spent on it probably for months now, up till three weeks ago, I still found myself looking at it several times a day, whether on the PC, the iPad or indeed my phone. I’m not closing my account (I have a handful of friends who only communicate through the FB messaging system), but I am going to cull my friends list right back, remove the app from my phone, and delete Facebook from the bookmarks on the computer.
So, goodbye, Facebook, for now. It’s been fun, but like so many things in life – it’s time you and I both moved on. Separately.