BREAK UP WITH FACEBOOK...sort of
I know, I know. This sounds major right? Hear me out. I've been off FB for five years and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. However, I realize FB's enormous power to mobilize people and we need that more than ever right now. I have an account, but I have no friends. I use FB to operate the yoga studio's simple business page and now I use it to belong to a few groups such as Together We Will, etc.
It's the social pissing contest aspect of FB that, in my opinion, creates turmoil. I have listened to countless people complain about what they see and read from people they know and love on FB...especially in the past three months. And be assured, I'm talking about on both sides of the political aisle.
It's all those people that you knew once: worked with at an odd job, had a class with, or fellow parents on your kids' sports teams. Do we need to know when they buy houses, go vacation, and how they feel about gun control?
Or it's people you interact with on a daily basis that insist on morphing into someone else via the safety of the internet. Are these people you would engage with IRL? Would your interactions in person at all resemble what is online?
It's toxic and can be removed from your life very easily. Nothing is accomplished or resolved after a verbal tussle on Facebook. Both parties often leave the interaction more convinced of their own views and with a renewed sense of anger towards the other. These problems are not what prompted me to delete FB, but they seem to be what most people struggle with right now.
The Women's March would not exist without Facebook. It is a miraculous tool if used for good and not evil. So, to end this bit of rambling, I pose this question: do you feel agitated, annoyed, disturbed, and sad after scrolling your news feed? If so, there is a simple answer and it honestly doesn't affect your life much at all. You won't miss it at all.