Thoughts: Saying Goodbye To Facebook

September 17, 2015

I know that I am not the only person out there that is currently considering saying goodbye to Facebook. If it weren't for the fact that my Facebook account is linked to my business page, I would seriously consider leaving. My feed has been inundated with ignorant fodder -- I feel especially smart typing that -- that has filled my mind and heart with rage. It feels like it has become an unhealthy place, except that there are articles and photos that are shared that I do enjoy, and click on.

What makes me the most angry is the articles -- and I use that term loosely -- that are shared from websites that omit important information, or are written by ignorant and hurtful people -- this goes in all different directions, I'm not just implying right-winged, white Christians. If you are reading something that does not include a quotation from someone that was directly involved -- not someones cousin's aunt's sister that knows a guy that was there -- then you are probably not reading something worth while. If you are reading something written by a doctor that had his/her license to practice taken away from him/her, then it is quite likely that you are not reading the best, or most current, information. Think of it this way, if you were writing a paper for school and cited a source from, you probably would be talked to by your teacher or professor. If the information you are reading is not credible enough to put in your paper, then you probably shouldn't be using it in real life either.

A friend of mine made an interesting point the other day: Social media has become a place where we see inside the minds of the people that we love or are friends with -- or not actually friends with. 50 years ago we never would have known if our friends and neighbours were Conservative or Liberal, or if they read the back of shampoo bottles while sitting on the toilet. It has definitely made us a more open society in terms of sharing our inner thoughts, but it doesn't quite feel like it has made us a more open society when it comes to having an open discussion of said thoughts *cue the acceptance of criticism*

What are your thoughts?

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