….I am getting deeply tired of Facebook.
There are many reasons, but here’s my current list:
- Any comment you make about anything is taken by about half the people reading it as an invitation to argue. I’m tired of people trying to force me to justify every damn thing I say. This foolishness runs the gamut from why I like U2 to why I think spraying for mosquitoes should continue in my neighborhood to why I think Donald Fucking Trump is an asshat. I’ve had 65 years on this planet to form some pretty firm opinions and I don’t have any desire to waste my time defending them to a bunch of brainless idiots I’ve never met and would probably avoid like the plague if I encountered them in real life.
- I hate people who “bait post” on FB. You know the posts I mean – the posts that simply say things like, “Wow, that was awful”, or “yeah, kiss my ass bitch” or (the worst one), “I’m soooo depressed right now.” That is nothing more than blatantly begging for attention and it’s kind of embarrassing. If you want me to feel sorry for you, don’t make me drag an explanation out of you – give me a reason right up front or I’m going to ignore you.
- Stop endlessly complaining about the state of the world on Facebook. Yes, you are absolutely 110% correct that the suck factor is currently right off the damn suck-o-meter. The needle is pinned all the way in the red. But complaining on Facebook isn’t going to do bupkiss. If you think things suck, do something about it. Worried about the poor? Donate your time and money. Volunteer at the local food bank, or start one. Work with disadvantaged youth. Don’t think the schools are doing a good job? Donate supplies, run for the school board, or volunteer at your kid’s school as a teacher’s aid. Tutor a child who needs help. Hate the way the country is being run? Vote, or run for office yourself, volunteer to help the campaign of a candidate you support, and endlessly contact your representatives. Trust me – they aren’t reading your Facebook feed. But quit bitching on Facebook and using that to convince yourself that you’re doing something. If you ARE doing something, use Facebook to promote solutions. Shit don’t fix itself.
- Don’t post all your damn personal information on your Facebook page and then leave it wide open to the public. Stalkers and identity theft happen that way. Just don’t put your stuff out there even if you do lock it down. Zuckerburg has plenty of money already. Don’t let him sell your stuff for more.
- Don’t get your news from Facebook. Just….DON’T. It’s social media, not a damn news organization and they have absolutely no editorial quality assurance. Read a good newspaper – several of them in fact. Select a handful of legitimate and reliable news sites on the internet and look at them no more than once a day. Stay away from the extremes on both sides. You won’t be any less informed if you avoid them and you’ll probably end up being much happier.
I seriously wish I could just delete my Facebook account and move on. Unfortunately, there are a handful of compelling reasons for me to keep it – distant relatives and friends, a couple of pages I maintain for groups that I do websites for, and Facebook does provide good info for my genealogy and needlework obsessions. But mostly, for me, it’s become one of those evil necessities of life – kind of like root canals or mammograms. You get some benefit from it, but the process of getting it is pretty hellish.
Who would have thought than app written by a bunch of college kids to stay in touch with their friends would turn into this stinking cesspool.