I’m done with Facebook for a series of reasons
Facebook recently banned a good friend of mine for 24 hours. her crime? When she responded to some vile anti-semitic remarks someone had posted, she violated Facebook’s community standards. What did she say that so ruffled Facebook’s feathers that they punished her for it? she told the anti-semite to “crawl back under your rock, serpent.”
That’s tame when you compare it with what the original poster said, but he wasn’t banned. Not surprising. i’ve previously reported to Facebook certain postings calling for “death to the Jews.” The response i always got was that such a posting does not violate Facebook’s community standards and would not be removed. really? Facebook thinks it’s perfectly OK to incite people to kill Jews?
That’s just one more reason why i’m glad i’m no longer on Facebook. That mark Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, would allow such things is disgraceful.
There are other reasons i’m happy to be done with Facebook. i was tired of having telephone or email conversations with friends and then seeing ads appear on my Facebook page for whatever we had been discussing. Once a friend mentioned Kelowna in passing during a phone conversation and for months afterwards, ads for hotels in Kelowna popped up on my Facebook page. it’s creepy.
another reason i quit Facebook was best summed up by a woman writing awhile ago in the New york Times. she said she’s not on Facebook for the same reason she doesn’t go around her neighbourhood each morning, knocking on doors and asking people what they had for breakfast and what’s new in their lives.
Then, there was the troubling comment from Facebook’s early days that Zuckerberg is still trying to live down. he called Facebook users “dumb f---s” for trusting him with their personal data. does he still feel that way? Who knows?
and let’s not forget Facebook syndrome, the condition that you succumb to when you’re scrolling through your friends’ posts, growing increasingly depressed because they all seem to be living such perfect live. Of course, they face the same ups and downs that everyone else does. but on Facebook, it doesn’t look that way.
how ridiculous this all is was made clear when i was at my dentist’s where a sign in the waiting room urges patients to “like” the dentist’s office on Facebook. Whatever for? i like my dentist, but why would i want to follow his office on Facebook?
it was the same several years ago when i made a quick lunch stop at some hamburger stand on a rural road in manitoba. “like us on Facebook!” a sign by the counter urged patrons. What for?
Not being on Facebook is a relief. it’s like being back in the 1980s. a soothing quiet has descended. Facebook’s noise is gone. a million things don’t shout for my attention, like other people’s cats, puppies, babies, trips, children’s achievements, political views, boasts and, of course, zillions of causes being pushed by zillions of groups. i have so much more time to do the things that i want to do, including being with friends in the real world.
Writing in the Guardian earlier this year, computer scientist Jaron lanier, author of the book Ten arguments for deleting your social media accounts right Now, said: “While it is pervasive, Facebook has not brought as much into the world as it may seem.” he added, “Those who have gone through the exiting process, however, might find that in the end they have not only made a political statement but saved time and improved their lives.”
i don’t care about making political statements. i just know that a Facebook-free life is amazing.
Naomi Lakritz is a Calgary journalist.