Facebook

In October 2016 I walked away from Facebook. I had taken "breaks" prior to this by just not logging in or temporarily deactivating my account. I even did a "hard reset" once where I deleted my account in order to create a new one in which I included only what I really wanted to focus on. This time, I just deleted my profile with no intention of coming back. The sixteen day grace period to change my mind just came and went, now a year has past. Not once have I considered going back in that time.

One of the most important parts along my journey has been constantly reevaluating the various parts of my life. This includes my digital life. At the time I had a strong sense that Facebook did not improve my life, which is something I feel all technology should do. Even though communication is at the heart of the product, I never felt the quality of the interactions I had there were all that potent.

Guilt and peer pressure are integral to Facebook's success. The sense that it would be harder to communicate is often a driving force to why people sign up and stay...even if they don't like the community. For me the rise of trolls in 2016, the poor behavior of many of my "friends", and the never ending assault of ads finally gave me the push I needed to put my foot down. Peer pressure be damned, I was moving on.

Before moving on from Facebook I had cap on my total time spent on social media per week, so having fewer accounts meant I could improve the quality of my engagement on other sites I did enjoy; atleast that was what I thought at the time. Ironically, since leaving Facebook my utilization of all social media has dropped significantly.

At the end of the day, I communicate with the people I care about in the most direct way possible. The large hoards of people with whom I had only a passing connection with are gone now and I am ok with that. My online footprint is compressed making it much easier to manage. I feel much less lost in the void online and that is an amazing feeling.