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Thoughts and rants

Facebook considered harmful – for me

road-nature-lines-country.jpgI’ve been thinking lately (again) about deleting my Facebook account. I’ve thought a lot about this in the past and have held back because, well, there’s the trans thing and I can get support there. But the support I was getting has dwindled somewhat over the last year or so as many of the groups I followed have disintegrated into somewhat of a chaotic state. And I’m getting worried about the use of my personal data by Facebook. See How Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think for more information on this sort of thing.

Plus there is the whole Cambridge Analytica thingy and the fallout from that.

Im being held back because I have a lot of good friends on Facebook and also need to connect with my family.

So the question is, to delete or not delete?

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Thoughts and rants

Experiments in giving up Facebook

There is nothing on Facebook that is actually going to make me happier. It seems to be designed to show me stuff that is going to either make my blood pressure rise or make me sad. Occasionally there is a nice photo that someone has uploaded or some nice article about how they or their family are getting on, but on the whole it is a depressing place of adverts and spam and fake news and trolls.

Then there is Facebook spamming me with “alerts” that aren’t alerts and updates from people that they haven’t even posted themselves. Facebook is literally crawling over broken glass to get me to go back and look at its pages.

I’m taking micro breaks from Facebook to judge how I fare emotionally. And in my breaks I’m happier and less stressed. When I go back to it I usually find something to upset me in about 30 seconds of scrolling. That’s an upset I wouldn’t have if I didn’t go onto the app or the site in the first place. Hey, I figure if something bad happens then someone will find a way to let me know, right?

Anyway here is a photo of a castle.

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