It Begins!

Getting rid of social media

Today I deleted the Instagram app from my phone and also made sure that Facebook Messenger also got uninstalled. I logged into the websites for Facebook and Instagram, making sure I deleted and not just deactivated the accounts for those services. Since I never use it, I’m also getting rid of twitter just for good measure. The only network I’ll monitor moving forward is Vero and I’ll be making notes about how that service is actually working and whether or not it’s living up to its promises.

So now we see if this has any impact on my life at all. I have a few hypotheses:

  • Communication with most people will slow to a crawl or drop off completely. People use social media to broadcast their lives to large groups of people, so given that I’ve blocked off that channel on everything but Vero, I doubt I’ll be in the loop about people’s lives.
  • Invitations to events will also drop off or at least slow down.
  • Requests for donations for charities, targeted ads on my phone, and other such attempts to separate me from my money should also decline.
  • I’ll be able to focus more on things in front of me, since it’s now harder to escape by looking at what other people are up to on their social media channels.

I want to be clear here: I’m totally fine with all this. I prefer to live my life rather than narrate it, so it’ll be nice to use that time for more authentic connections and experiences.

Kicking things off!

Goodbye Facebook, Instragram, WhatsApp, and others

I’ve decided that July 4th, 2019 is my Independence Day from toxic social media platforms, specifically Facebook. I won’t be signing in and all Facebook-owned apps (Facebook,Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp) will be uninstalled from my phone. Accounts will be deleted. Everything from that platform gone. 

In the About page of this site, I’ll put ways of contacting me/following my activities on other platforms. This blog serves as my home for storing stuff I want to refer to later or share with others. Like me, it’s going to grow and change with time.