I returned to Facebook in August 2017 after having closed my old account and later going ‘incognito’ with a new account for a while. Most of this article was written and published on Facebook then.
I have had a mixed relationship with Facebook for a long time due to a variety of concerns.
Perhaps have a look at some of the links below and reflect on your own lives, and use of Facebook.
Recent research underlines why Facebook can be bad for people.
For example: “Want to stay healthy, both emotionally and physically? Researchers from UC San Diego and Yale have some simple advice for you: Limit the amount of time you spend on Facebook. While this may sound like typical anti-social media crankiness from academia, this time they have some impressive research to back up their case.”
I am only ‘here’ on Facebook because despite various attempts to do without it, and subsequent time away, I need a Facebook account to use certain technical functionality (inside & outside Facebook), or information.
More concerns (I work in mental health, personal development), and why I am ‘Facebook friends’ with hardly anyone:
My clients’ privacy is important to me and I will not compromise it.
And finally, a good talk by Dr Cal Newport:
Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons
Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E7hkPZ-HTk
Like Doc Cal, I am into ‘deep work’ and focus. Among other things, focus and ‘deep work’ helps me to increase my service to the world and thus help more people.
So…you won’t find me doing much on my Facebook Profile.
I have also changed how I use Twitter; again like Facebook, much more limited.
My Twitter: @AlexRRowan
PS: Up until quite recently, Facebook had a system where you could put Pages that you liked into lists, making it easier to view specific content when you want. I felt uneasy and managed, despite Facebook still having RSS feeds at the time, to find another way of efficiently reading Page streams WITHOUT using Facebook, or their now defunct RSS **. Just as well I did because Facebook have taken lists away and there are posts online with people moaning about how their lists disappeared overnight. Facebook RSS was removed even earlier. (I did enjoy being ahead of the uncaring Facebook when they pulled the rug out from under).
I am now slightly active on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/AlexRRowan
Added Nov 2017: The End of the Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough | Vanity Fair
Added January 2018: “This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral | Vanity Fair
Quote: “Facebook was always famous for the sign that hung in its offices, written in big red type on a white background, that said “Move Fast and Break Things.” And every time I think about the company, I realize it has done just that—to itself. But I think that Zuckerberg, and the people who work at Facebook, also realize that the things they have broken are things that are going to be very difficult to put back together.”
Perhaps you run a business and use Facebook for marketing? You may find this helpful:
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