Meta’s stock collapse revealed what I already knew…
I quit Facebook, Instagram and every other property owned by what is now called Meta nearly two years ago. It was at the time a rash decision and at first many of my friends and family wondered where I had “gone.” Soon, though, the people who mattered “found” me. It wasn’t a hard thing to do. I was always here. Soon after that, the daily flow of my life started to change.
I wonder if others are starting to see the complete and utter uselessness of a tool that has come to dominate our waking lives and even invade our dreams.
With Meta recently losing over $200 billion and announcing that membership is beginning to contract for the first time, I wonder (hope?) if others are starting to see the complete and utter uselessness of a tool that has come to dominate our waking lives and even invade our dreams.
Perhaps I’m jumping the gun. You will all probably raise an eyebrow and then go back to scrolling. But before you do, I thought I’d just lay out here some things that have changed for me since saying goodbye to Zuckerberg and Co.
- I get the news from reporters who are professionally trained to discern bullshit from reality
- I read the news once in the morning and call it a day
- I am the first out of the house on a bike or a run
- I am the last to hear about my brother’s friend’s sister’s baby’s skinned knee
- I don’t like anything
- I don’t dislike anything
- I don’t share anything
- I use actual words to describe specific feelings that are unique to a particular moment in time
- I spend my vacations looking at things rather than photographing things so that other people can look at those things
- I no longer see the vacations of others
- I write more than ever and receive more requests for my writing than ever
- I don’t give a shit about Wordle
- I look at my own cat when she does something cute
- I pet my cat if she’s particularly cute
- I call my friends to find out how they are doing
- When I do this they often share something with me that they would never share on social media
- I brag in person and suffer the consequences
- I have no idea how my exes are doing
- I don’t carry around in my head the ravings of someone I’ve never met
- At night I close my eyes and dream of real people
More on quitting things here.