Social media: I don’t know what I have missed – but I don’t miss it

Four weeks ago my irritation at Facebook’s intrusive ads and suggestions and WhatsApp’s insistence on new terms and conditions made my mind up for me.

  1. I stopped using Facebook.
  2. I stopped using Twitter (which I didn’t much use anyway).
  3. I deleted Instagram and Tik Tok (which I had installed but never used).
  4. I have not used Messenger in 6 months.
  5. I am weaning myself away from WhatsApp and shifting to Signal (95% done).
  6. I am ignoring LinkedIn and Pinterest.

It has only been a month and is still an experiment. But I have no immediate plans to return and it is my hope that I will not.

My use of text messages has increased somewhat.

I have not deleted FB and WhatsApp and LinkedIn yet and can still see that I have many hundreds of unread notifications. But I choose to decline to open the notifications.

I see that Facebook is working to “integrate” WhatsApp and Messenger. I see that the users of these platforms are merely suppliers of data and the customers are the advertisers. I see that the platforms are increasingly trying to first predict the behaviour of the users but are also actively trying to manipulate users into “preferred” behaviour. I choose to abstain.

So I don’t know what I am missing. But, more importantly, I don’t miss what I must have missed. I am pretty sure that more than 99% of what I have missed was not directed specifically at me.

If it is important enough they can call me or send me a text or send me an email.

One Response to “Social media: I don’t know what I have missed – but I don’t miss it”

  1. Alan Jensen Says:

    Totally agree! I started the process of getting off of all social media last fall. Don’t miss any of it one bit.

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