I’ve been spending more time on Facebook lately.
And it’s not a good thing.
I hadn’t really “quit” per se, but I had drastically reduced the amount of time I spent on Facebook before moving to the States.
Here, though, Facebook seems to be an integral part of the social fabric. It seems to be part of finding your community.
Don’t get me wrong, some parts of Facebook are good. I like that community groups are active there, I enjoy friends’ entertaining updates, and I like learning about fun local events.
But at the same time…
Every time I get on Facebook, I become enraged. Sometimes it’s by a news article someone has shared. Other times it’s by a post from a friend.
And then I become further enraged when I remember that Facebook is trying to capitalize on my rage.
It’s a vicious cycle.
No Middle Ground on Facebook
Mostly I get annoyed by the vitriol. The us-them attitudes. The “I’m-right-you’re-wrong” statements. The laments of, “Why can’t everyone be smart like me?”
Sometimes I see posts like this from people I’d expect.
But sometimes I see them from people I know for a fact wouldn’t dare make such strong statements or judgments face-to-face with people.
That gets me even more riled up! That people feel safe saying often hateful things because they’re behind a screen.
So Why Don’t I Quit?
I ask myself this all the time.
I feel like I get very little out of a half-hour spent on Facebook. So is it really worth it to keep coming back?
I don’t have the answer. It’s true that the vast majority of my blog readers find their way here from Facebook. So there’s that…
If I’m honest, though, there is a certain amount of FOMO.
I’m not quite sure what I’m afraid of missing out on, but there it is.