Monday, July 17, 2017

Let Go and Live: Facebook is Virtual Slavery.

The election season was a particularly ugly one, and those who dodged Facebook during that period of time were not just truly lucky, but very, very wise.  However, to the dismay of many who thought that maybe things would quiet down, things have not.  In fact, it seem as if political "discourse" is just as loud as it has ever been.  In fact, by some measurements, political discourse is getting uglier and uglier as time goes on.  And Facebook is politics center!  

The media is obsessed with politics right now, and Facebook news feeds are rife with political blah blah.  It doesn't matter what side you are on, or if you don't even take a side, Trump, Hillary, Obama, and others are front and center on Facebook.  Do you know what one of my family members told me when I told them that political arguing on Facebook was a waste of time?   They said that after the election season, there would be no more political talk on Facebook!  And guess what?  This person, this person who was naive enough to think that politics would disappear from Facebook like magic, this person now posts political posts almost every single day!  

Facebook supplements this arguing and bickering about politics with their own "trending news" that features even more things to argue about.  And the comments are beyond ugly.  People trashing each other, forgetting that they are talking to real living breathing people!  And this is considered "the new normal" by 2/7ths of the world's population!  This is considered normal by the vast majority of the United States.  It is even speculated that maybe one day Mark Zuckerburg himself will run for the post of United States President!!  Could you imagine!  And you thought Trump was tweeting a lot?  Imagine Zuckerburg at the helm of the United States?  

However, all that is irrelevant if you are not even on Facebook.  If you are one of the few who hits that disable/delete button and leaves, you don't have to worry about a thing.  Now, you are likely to go through withdrawls.  I did.  I wondered if I was missing out.  Maybe the world was going on without me and I would come to regret being gone.  But then I asked myself, "what will I regret?"  Will it be not bragging about my future?  Will it be not sharing my dinner?  Will I miss out on knowing the political affiliations of all my cousins and classmates?  Will I miss out on saying something that gets me in trouble?  Will I miss out on the glow of a phone in my face at 10 pm or waking up to the urge to check a status update at 6 am?  

But then I thought, look what I am gaining.  I read more books than I have in a long time.  I spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking and enjoying life.  I spend more time with my wife and daughter.  I am thinner, happier, and able to live my life without the urge to check my phone.  And, know what else is nice?  That 230 mb Facebook app is not on my phone, which frees up a bit more space for photos and more productive apps!  In fact, I can't think of any real pros to using Facebook.  Sure, there are some people that I do miss talking to, but I still converse and visit my close friends.  And if they don't want to converse with me outside of Facebook, perhaps we are not that close?  I see my extended family often enough.  I don't need to be tethered to them via (a)social media.  For centuries people used to get by with just handwritten letters.  And we survived.  And some privacy was really a good thing.  There was a lot less drama when people were not always up in each other's business.

Yes.  I will say it.  I will SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.  I LOVE LIFE WITHOUT FACEBOOK!!!  I love life with a deactivated and dormant Facebook account.  I love being one of the privileged few that is not tethered to this form of (a)social media.  It is great.  And you can love it do.  Deactivate today!  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Update: July 16, 2017 - Facebook is Depressing!

Hello, and thank you all for your comments and continued reading of this site.  I am working on some new updates for this site, as well as going through and deleting the spam comments.  It seems that there were many of them.

Facebook is still ugly at its core.   Mark Zuckerburg recently announced that now 2 billion people worldwide are addicted - I mean, members - of the site.  That's TWO billion people that are hearing questionable "facts" and information, obsessing over their lives and looks, sharing every small event that takes place, and totally absorbed in political war.  Sadly, many of these 2 billion people think that this lifestyle is ideal.

Fewer and fewer people, especially in the United States and Europe, are without Facebook accounts.  Even when I travel abroad, it is everywhere.  From Nicaragua and Costa Rica, to Ukraine and India, Facebook was everywhere I turned my head.  The world is being wrapped up in it.  Those who stay strong and stay away are truly strong.

I have struggled with being back and forth on and off Facebook, and every time I have deleted my account, I have found that life got far more interesting, that I accomplished more, and that I felt better about things.  Facebook is one of the most depressing places on Earth.  People comparing every small part of their lives with the imaginary lives of other people... and they act as if they enjoy it!

There's a lot more to come, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr., A Man Who Changed The World Without Whining on Social Media!

Today we celebrate a man who got things done in the world.  A man who changed how we think about each other without social media.  Sadly, many people think that if they push "share" or whine about politics to their friends online they are going to "change the world."  No, the world is changed by people like the man above, people who actually act to make change.

Being pacified by Facebook is not going to change the world.  In fact, those who oppress like it when people are glued to their phones, television, computers, and other devices and, instead of being agents for change, passively drift through life.  If you think you are going to change the world by being pacified, you have been fooled.

It is the people who get off the couch, off their "online soapbox" that is comprised of mainly family and people they met while in school, and instead create change.

There are many ways to create change, from marching, speaking, voting, striking, mobilizing people.  Sitting on Facebook and sharing posts from political sources do not change a thing.  In fact, many of those "news" sites have been PROVEN to be fake!  You can't even trust what you read on Facebook - and I don't think you ever could have!  It's all confusion!  

So, what's it going to be?  Are you going to spend the rest of your life whining about the world to your family and friends, or are you going to join the "real world?"

The choice is yours.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Facebook Does Not Like This Website - Facebook is Angry That Facebook Detox Has Been Around For Over FOUR Years!

Facebook is angry that this
site is still around.
Facebook does not like this website.  In fact, it bothers them a great deal that there are people out there who are not buying into Mark Zuckerburg's idea of a "more connected world."  Facebook is of the belief that everyone in the world should be connected to each other.  Facebook wants every single man, woman and child to be a member of Facebook.

Yet, there are people out there who refuse to sign up.  There are people out there who are sick and tired of hearing about every small political issue over and over again.  There are people out there who believe in the virtue of privacy or who want to keep their likes and dislikes to themselves.  There are people out there who would rather spend time in the real world instead of in a fantasy world where people pretend to be something that they are not.

There are many who are tired of the cliques that exist on Facebook and who have been burnt out of the whole drama game that Facebook is legendary for!  Believe me, dear reader, if Facebook could silence this page, they would.  They would love to shut this website down.  After all, this is one of the oldest and largest websites that is against Facebook, and it is one that, after four years, is still up on the internet!  That's right, we are not going anywhere!

I believe that the message of this website is as relevant today as when it was created in March of 2012.  I believe that there are people who are still stuck in the belief that they need Facebook and who are sick of logging onto depression every single day who would LOVE to get off of the site for good.  I believe that there are some who would welcome freedom from Facebook as a HUGE breath of fresh air.

Look at your own life.  Are you a member of Facebook?  Does it really do much for you?  Are you really in close contact with all your friends on there?  Would your life really change for the worse if you got rid of it all?  Will you be missed?  Every time I went back to Facebook and left I realized that I was not missed in the slightest!  In fact, hardly anyone cares when you come and go.  And those that did care when I left were the ones who were worried that their being on Facebook was maybe not a good choice.  Yet, many refuse to let go.  Many refuse to take the plunge and delete Facebook from their lives.

All I have to say is just try it.  Deactivate and let go.  You'll want to go back.  You'll want to prove yourself and your life to your friends for a while.  But it gets old.  You will realize that every word you type on that site is a huge waste of time.  Your best post will get a few seconds of attention.  Your vacation pictures may get a quick glance.  Nobody is going to be admiring your art for more than a few moments.  Few will go through your photo albums, no matter where in the world you visited. And even if you happen to garner a few likes, your post will be forgotten in mere minutes.  Is it worth it?

No.  It is not worth it.  Not in the slightest.

Let go...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Facebook: Depression Central (Facebook as a Cause of Depression)

Facebook has gone from a place where one could share the mundane happenings in their lives to a place where one can complain about their life and the world they live in.  As if life is not depressing enough at times, now it's just all too easy to get online and hear about how much someone else hates a political party, a person, their life, or anything else.

And you know what?  Facebook users are desensitized to it!  It has become so commonplace that nobody even thinks about it anymore or seems to notice.

I have noticed that when another person is in a bad mood, that bad mood rubs off on other people.  Others get upset when they are with someone who is upset.  Well, the same thing happens on Facebook.  When you log on to Facebook first thing in the morning and you read the negative posts and comments, you are going to start out your day in a bad mood!  Crazy, huh?  Not really, actually.  That's just how the mind is.  Positive thinking is oftentimes contagious and so is negative thinking.  It's no wonder that people find that, overall, they would rather hang out with those who are happy and positive about life.

You can't just filter out Facebook's negative attitude.  There's so much negativity going around on Facebook that the whole place just reeks of negativity!  It's as if Facebook has become a big place to rant and spread anger around.

If you are still a Facebook user, ask yourself: "Is being on Facebook really that fun?"

I think it's depressing - and I am not alone.  Many of the hundreds of comments on this website show that many people are completely and utterly depressed when it comes to Facebook.

Sign off for a while and see the world in its full splendor.  Don't like your life?  Then do something about it.  Spending hours and hours on Facebook is not going to make your life any better.  In fact, it just makes you more likely to be lethargic.  Set some goals, go for a walk, do some exercise, spend some time creating the life that you are wanting to live.  Why be jealous of those who spend their lives behind a screen?  You're better than that.  Stop selling yourself short on life.  

There is no better time than the present!  Get off Facebook and begin a new life for yourself!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Election Season 2016 and Facebook

I would like to give a huge shoutout to those who are on Facebook right now posting political posts thinking that they are going to change the minds of everyone else.  

A big kudos to you as you pump out political after political post in a hasty effort to change the minds of those who are getting geared up to vote this coming election season.

If you are one of those people, those people who are spending countless precious hours posting about politics and sharing your love / hate of Donald Trump / Hillary Clinton with the rest of the world, congratulations on the excellent use of your time.

Elections will be here sooner than you know it, and many people who have been so vocal on Facebook might forget to, you know, actually go to the polls because of Facebook.

I had a friend tell me recently that political posts will disappear from Facebook after the election and we can all go on with our lives.  I laughed a bit and thought to myself, "yeah, because they sure stopped with Obama."

Folks, political posts on Facebook are here to stay.  They will be around as long as Facebook is around.  In fact, I would venture to guess that politics is posted about on Facebook right now more than ever and it will continue as such even after the election!  That's right, the political posts are not going anywhere!  So, sit tight and get used to it.  Politics and Facebook is like an ugly marriage without a divorce in sight!

There's a big world out there, and it's really interesting.  You do realize that what you read and put into your mind effects your brain and how you feel, right?  You do realize that when you are BOMBARDED with negativity, you will start to think more negatively.  By beholding we become changed.  So, if you are spending your time reading negative posts, you are going to have a negative outlook on life.  Political posts are, overall, very negative.  It's been an ugly election season, and I try to avoid most of it, but I am feeling it.  I am sure you are too.

So, here's a better idea: Deactivate for a while and clear your mind.  Realize that, besides your one vote, you are pretty much powerless to choose the next president, and if you think for one second that Facebook is going to give you the extra power to change hearts and minds when it comes to politics, you are WASTING YOUR TIME.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

National Day of Unplugging 2016  - March 4th (sundown) to March 5th (sundown)

Think you can take a whole day off from your gadgets and precious Facebook?  Let's see if you got what it takes.  Emergency calls are Okay, but maybe use the rotary phone in the back bedroom instead, k?

It's just one day.  One lousy day!

Friday, February 19, 2016

You Are More Than Your Gadgets

Take some time out today, away from gadgets and the noise of it all to enjoy the world around you.  Do something to develop yourself and make yourself a better person.  You will not regret spending time in nature, with family, or bettering yourself.  But a day wasted in front of a phone or computer, randomly surfing the net or trolling YouTube?  You'll probably one day regret that.