In March 2018, I deactivated my Facebook account and I really haven’t missed it. Occasionally, when talking about something they had read or posted on there, family members have said: “Oh, I forgot you aren’t on Facebook anymore.” Otherwise, its absence from my life has been largely unnoticed.
Yesterday, I was so disgusted by yet one more corrupt thing that Facebook had done, that I deleted my account completely. They tell me it will take about thirty days for the deletion to be accomplished, and I don’t really understand why that would be, but I’m quite happy for it to take as long as they like so long as it happens eventually. Now that Facebook is so big that they need their own Supreme Court, I think it’s appropriate to re-evaluate the whole enterprise.
While I was at it, I also deleted my Instagram account. I don’t use it very much and only a few of my family and friends use it, so it won’t be missed either. I used to like putting up the occasional photo because I liked those pics being “liked,” but I realize that those little flutters of approval were doing more for Instagram and, by extension Facebook, than they were for me.
The only Facebook-related application that I am still connected to is Messenger, but I think that will disappear along with my Facebook deletion. My use of Messenger is now limited to my contact with a group of friends who are writers.
I know that there are still lots of ways that my internet use can be tracked and my online personality can be divulged, but I can only do what I can to express my dismay at all that. I’m not ready to cut myself off from internet use completely, so for now, this is the best I can do. Facebook won’t care that I’ve gone, but I am glad to no longer be associated with them.
Facebook, we are done. You turned out to be both a bad boyfriend and a mean girlfriend. According to at least one study, I’ll be happier without you, and I’m already starting to feel better. Now, if I can just wean myself off Twitter, I might be even further along in my e-cleansing, but don’t hold your breath. That might take a little longer.