Day 693: Still UnFacebooked

Checking in on this a while later — it’s been kinda nice, being off Facebook. Less constant stimuli, less of a frenzy to “keep up.” Less, to be honest about my flaws, jealousy of people that seem to be thriving more than I am. And I’m doing pretty great!

This is more of an essay-length thing than a short update, but I’m genuinely distressed by how much of our lives have been outsourced to a third-party, privately owned entity. Facebook has pretty much become a “sub-Internet” designed to keep people on Facebook all the time, and it’s distressing how many people have gotten pulled into it. Businesses don’t have websites, just Facebook pages. People only put events and group information on Facebook. Organizations only exist there.

What happens when Facebook goes? Because it’s inevitable. At least, I think (hope) that it’s inevitable.

I don’t feel like I’m missing much. My wife and I are pretty self-sustaining, and while it’s niceĀ to know what friends near and far are up to, it’s notĀ necessary. In some ways, it triages things well: if people care enough to tell me something, they’ll get in touch, rather than just kind of blatting it out on social media and expecting me to see it. If they don’t let me know directly, it probably wasn’t that important in the first place.

Still needed for work — again, a permanent state of light hypocrisy where I’m really using Facebook because most people are using it, but hoping they’ll stop. I can’t decide where this falls, ethically. I don’t think I’m an environmentalist who owns an oil company, but I’m on that spectrum.