I still haven’t installed Facebook on any of my iOS devices and I can honestly say I’m not missing it one bit.
Since my last post on the topic, I realised that not only was it a bit of a time-sink, I found myself getting annoyed and stressed by some of the content I was coming across. Not from my friends, but usually from one of their colleagues or an idiot second-cousin-twice-removed.
I don’t need to read that kind of crap. I wouldn’t voluntarily socialise with that kind of person, so why should I be subjected to whatever bigoted nonsense they vomit onto their keyboard?
I’ll admit I was tempted to share some of my travel adventures when flying to and from Tokyo last month, but talked myself out of it. The people who matter know what I’m up to, I shared some pics on Instagram and Twitter, and I was less bothered about creating a ‘perfect’ album of photos to represent my trip.
All in all, a good idea to avoid it completely.
That said, I’m still not at the stage where I’ve deleted my account completely. I need to see of there are any unintended consequences before I do that. On the face of it, I’m still in Facebook’s clutches, as I use both Whats App and Instagram. For me, it’s less about privacy and more about saving myself time and grief pouring over online nonsense.
Am I missing out on what other people are up to? Absolutely. Though I’m a lot less bothered about this than I thought I might be. Do I really need to feel FOMO about people I haven’t spoken to in years? Can I just as easily make contact with friends using a different channel? Are there more than enough badly-taken photos of family get togethers already?
Honestly? I’d much rather flick through beautiful photos on Tumblr than read a stranger’s warped opinions or the millionth baby photo over on Facebook.
Life without Facebook is a lot easier and more pleasant than I thought it would be.