I wanted to delete facebook a long time ago, but I figured I could use it to make posts from my websites, keep in touch with old friends, and tell all my friends about my travels. It’s a good idea, but with that came sacrifices, and I couldn’t succumb to the thumb scrolling any longer.
Finally, the work-week begins. Last Thursday I gave up facebook because it was too easy for me to go to and pass the time. What I’ve been doing in its place is other research for various projects I would like to accomplish now, or in the future. This sounds great an all, but it’s really a testament to how much I actually used facebook.
Did you know that non-alcoholic beer has many health benefits, especially for athletes? It doesn’t sound like a good idea, especially if you’re a fan of Bell’s Brewing, but some of these beers don’t actually taste all that bad. I know this is pretty random, but this is where it started.
From non-alcoholic beer to bicycle frame building, to various projects I might be able to make out of leather, to Ted Talks, to lots and lots of reading. Oh, and News. A lot of News. Perhaps I didn’t realize the vastness of the void that Facebook was filling. The real challenge now is to figure out the most beneficial ways possible to pass the time.
Aside from the beneficial aspect of Facebook, that allows me to catch up on some news, interesting articles, and share humour with friends, there’s a lot of information that I could probably do without. Meme after meme was beginning to be a problem for me. It wasn’t even the political ones either, but rather the famous quotes from important people. The meaning seems to fade after countless memes, and in the writing world we tend to stay clear of cliches. Which is what memes are now; digital cliches.
With the absence of memes and personalized advertisements, there’s been a sense of solitude over this weekend. It feels nice, necessary, and a little old-fashion (So old-fashion I might send out a text message or two.)
One of my biggest annoyances with Facebook is that of marketing. There’s no other goal then to make money. And having worked in the marketing world, I know some of us are aware ethical and unethical marketing. Classically, unethical marketing is something that sells us pain first, and then a solution to that pain. Sort of like classical Christianity, where they sold the sin, and then salvation. Perhaps this doesn’t happen as much on Facebook, but I want to take it a step further. In fundamental ethical theory, Hagel states “We ought not to use others as a means only.” Because facebook is designed to keep us on it as much as possible, constantly scrolling, liking, commenting, it makes it hard for me to believe that it is functioning in my best interest. Rather I feel like I’m just another data pool to data mine. Then there’s the whole story with the messenger application. It has a low rating, but millions of downloads. Why would facebook do that? Because they know that their users will never read through the permissions and policy agreements that allows facebook to data mine your phone. I might be the only person that this matters to, and that’s fine. I just get tired of people telling me how to use a service. In general, the older I get, I get tired of people telling me how to do anything. 12 years in a fundamental cult will do that, I suppose.