The good thing about Facebook is that it allows you keep in touch with friends that you might not otherwise. The bad thing about Facebook is that it allows you keep in touch with friends that you might not otherwise.
As the 2016 federal election conversation heats up, certain Facebook Friends (including some very casual acquaintances) are making their electoral decisions known, even at this early stage of the game. I call it a “game” because U.S. politics, for the most part, is not a lot different that American football or –<fill in the blank with your favorite U.S. televised sport>–.
I was thinking about this this morning and have decided to shut down my Facebook account, at least the “social” part of it. I will leave Messenger (Facebook’s private messaging app) up for friends that would like to communicate with me one-on-one. My experience with Messenger is that very few of my friends use it as “preferred” channel for communicating with me. Those that do would also just as likely use email or some other form of communication.
Not that I don’t care about the political arena. I realize that politics in this country has some influence or affect over our daily lives, no matter how subtle. And I also realize that social media (notably Facebook) has also cast a powerful spell on most Americans. I’ve just decided that I really don’t need to be a part of that whole conversation.
So, good-bye Facebook. Our relationship may have been brief, but I did find it instructional.