I made the decision, just before Easter to delete my Facebook account permanently – which I did on Easter Monday and it is a true relief!
People asked me why I am leaving Facebook and the answer is really quite simple:
I see absolutely no more use or benefit except that it wastes my time and the culture that has been cultivated there is just not my cup of tea anymore. So eliminating it was the only logical consequence for me.
I announced the deletion of my account to my 1382 „friends“ and asked them to let me know if they would like to stay in touch in the real world – the one I actually live in – and if so, send me a message so we can exchange our contact data if we don’t have it.
I know I don’t have a big reach – I admittedly know too little of the algorithms that Facebook uses – and I never really cared much, so I am guessing that only a fraction of my „friends“ actually saw my post. I also know that most will not even notice I am gone as the attention span on a post or on social media, in general, is usually not more than a few seconds, and the relevance of the “friendships” is very close to zero – but that is only my very personal educated guess.
Admittedly from quite a few, I have the information but from most, I don’t. I was not surprised that only about a dozen got back to me. Actually, in the aftermath, I was quite surprised that it was that many. It’s been almost two weeks now and I must say I do not miss Facebook whatsoever.
I still have my Instagram, Twitter, GETTR, and LinkedIn accounts and that is still too much. I am wondering which one(s) need(s) to go next. This is actually fun. I am inclined to keep LinkedIn but who nows…
🎶My Song of the Week
Is a stunning song that evolved on the fly…
📚My Poem of the Week
Is by Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
I do not say new friends are not considerate and true,
Or that their smiles ain’t genuine, but still I’m tellin’ you
That when a feller’s heart is crushed and achin’ with the pain,
And teardrops come a-splashin’ down his cheeks like summer rain,
Becoz his grief an’ loneliness are more than he can bear,
Somehow it’s only old friends, then, that really seem to care.
The friends who’ve stuck through thick an’ thin, who’ve known you, good an’ bad,
Your faults an’ virtues, an’ have seen the struggles you have had,
When they come to you gentle-like an’ take your hand an’ say:
‘Cheer up! we’re with you still,’ it counts, for that’s the old friends’ way.
The new friends may be fond of you for what you are today;
They’ve only known you rich, perhaps, an’ only seen you gay;
You can’t tell what’s attracted them; your station may appeal;
Perhaps they smile on you because you’re doin’ something real;
But old friends who have seen you fail, an’ also seen you win,
Who’ve loved you either up or down, stuck to you, thick or thin,
Who knew you as a budding youth, an’ watched you start to climb,
Through weal an’ woe, still friends of yours an’ constant all the time,
When trouble comes an’ things go wrong, I don’t care what you say,
They are the friends you’ll turn to, for you want the old friends’ way.
The new friends may be richer, an’ more stylish, too, but when
Your heart is achin’ an’ you think your sun won’t shine again,
It’s not the riches of new friends you want, it’s not their style,
It’s not the airs of grandeur then, it’s just the old friend’s smile,
The old hand that has helped before, stretched out once more to you,
The old words ringin’ in your ears, so sweet an’, Oh, so true!
The tenderness of folks who know just what your sorrow means,
These are the things on which, somehow, your spirit always leans.
When grief is poundin’ at your breast — the new friends disappear
An’ to the old ones tried an’ true, you turn for aid an’ cheer.
From my short Easter trip to St. Peter Ording
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Have a sunny weekend and I would to hear what your take on Facebook and other social media platforms is!