I’m thinking of giving up, or at least, deactivating Facebook. I’m not comfortable with their privacy settings and I’m starting to feel strongly about how the ‘like’ system seems to feed a sense of wanting acceptance by others. I find it easy to be tempted to post stuff with the hope of getting ‘liked’, whereas I know that my sense of self and acceptance is because I am “accepted in the Beloved (Christ)”. No likes needed.
I had uninstalled Facebook for a week on my mobile and when I returned to see what I’ve missed, looks like I hadn’t missed much. More political rants, ‘what I had for lunch posts’, silly cat or talent videos, some ‘if i get a million likes my dad will buy me a rabbit’, and oh, ads! So many ads! Nearly 1 in 5 items in my timeline is an ad. Nothing of great value. Surely I can live without this.
Oh and not forgetting, it seems that Facebook is becoming a bit too pervasive on the web. Many websites I go to have a Facebook Like button and its already showing my profile pic. I don’t like it. Feels very ‘big brother’ like.
In fact my account got pseudo-hacked recently using this and the password reset system. Quite unsettling.
Time for goodbye?