So I've been in a love/hate relationship with Facebook. On the one hand, I love the many beautiful souls I met and reconnected with on Facebook. On the other hand, every time I checked Facebook, I would feel drained. To top that off, I heard about Facebook's latest issue with either not protecting or selling user data. So, I decided that enough was enough. It was time for me to say goodbye.
I don't encourage everyone to jump off and delete their account. The platform does offer a sense of community, and it helps small businesses advertise their products/services. Like anything in the world, it's not so much about the tool used but the person using it. So, if you want to keep using the social network, then, by all means, keep your account. Just make sure not to let it consume you. Also, learn how to protect your data. Read this article for how to do it.
Let's talk about data. So, when you sign up to Facebook, your data is not so safe. Facebook has been accused of data mining for a long time. I am not an expert in this so I'll link some articles here and here. My main issue is that we are freely giving away our personal information to companies who are using this for profits.
Facebook is just too addictive. I remember scrolling through the newsfeed mindlessly and at the end feeling lonelier than before. When I meet new people, they ask me to connect through Facebook, which means that we won't hang out. I'd rather give them my phone number and schedule a quick cup of coffee.
With love, Dania