Why I am deleting my Facebook Account
In light of the recent hacks affecting Facebook, I think it is time to finally get rid of my account there. I have written about them before, shared links about the ways they use your data for their own profit, they take what you share on your information to the highest bidder (a.k.a. Corporations) to use for the purpose of providing advertisements to you. It has also been said that governments are using the data to follow you and determine if you are a plausible threat or not.
Both Mandy and Myself have made posts to only have them ignored, or nobody like them. We have also made posts to only have maybe one or two likes and that is it. We both know that it is not about the likes, but what really gets under my skin, people do not read the posts they just like them, even if I posted something like bad news or something major going on my life which is not fun to go through. It is not just us either. I see so many posts from people who are looking for confirmation that someone has read their post, they have you repost it to make sure you read it, you only find that instruction toward the bottom of the post. It's a modern day chain letter. For years, I have made the conscious decision to ignore those posts. I have made the choice to only reply to posts that I feel would benefit from what I have to say.
About a year or so ago, I stopped posting anything except on a rare occasion. This has been a personal decision, based on the above statement that they sell your data to the highest bidder. I do not really want them to get that information. I stopped posting Happy Birthday Messages to everyone except for a rare few, why? Because of the peer pressure Facebook insists on putting on you. Every birthday, they try to pressure you into wishing that person a Happy Birthday. They send reminders, they show other people's posts wishing a Happy Birthday to encourage you etc. To me, it feels superficial. I would rather personally receive a phone call, text message, birthday card, or other non-Facebook birthday wish. To take your time to go out of your way and call someone up to wish them a Happy Birthday speaks volumes more than just a simple phrase or two on the web.
They are always asking me for my phone number. I have not, and will never give them my phone number. So called security by sending you a text message to confirm it is you that is logging in, or so your friends can find you, is just not enough for me to want to provide my phone number to them. I can imagine that they would sell them to the companies as well for targeted advertising or profiling. Only those involved know!
I have taken the step and have removed everything from my account, posts, pictures, and everything that they would allow me to remove. I also made a point to 'deactivate' my account as in their terms, this is like deleting it. There apparently is a 30 day cooling down period so if you change your mind, you can simply log back in and you are re-activated. I do not plan on going back on there.
Everyone important to me has my contact information and knows how to reach me.
I totally understand where you are coming from. I also look at it this way, everyone's stuff is out there. Jason and I have both had our information compromised and it had nothing to do with social media over the last decade.
Unfortunately everyone has lost the act of communication that is not social media anymore. I think those days of phone calls are over and its a sad thing. People seem to have forgotten everything is a 2 way street when it comes to communicating. People also have lost the ability to listen as well. I think our generation is the last of knowing how to communicate and do things. I was at work and a few months ago the topic came up that the younger generation doesn't even know how to write a check. What?!
If you think about it, its all computers, debit cards, everything is online or electronic as well as I have read on line that schools don't even teach cursive anymore in some states. The effects of all this technology in the world .