I entered the social media world in 2007 when I joined first Orkut and then Facebook. Initially my preference was for Orkut but gradually shifted to FB. So much so that by the time Orkut was dissolved in September 2014, I felt nothing special about leaving Orkut. Former students, ex-colleagues, friends and family – my contact list grew to well over 1500. I enjoyed my FB interactions and would really spend hours poring over it.
Then came out the news of various FB privacy and security breaches. Each one jittered me more and more. By then I could be truly called as an FB addict! I couldn’t believe how I got myself dragged into this vortex of likes and shares, comments and repartees. By March 2019, I had made up my mind to quit and started priming myself to a life without FB.
Besides, April and May 2019 saw a vicious battle for power to the Indian Parliament. Day in and day out, one read about the never-ending churning of fake news in social media via FB and WhatsApp targeting one party, community and religion. That was the last straw for it my liberal and secular way of thinking. Sick of what I saw and read, the deed was done on 3rd May 2019.
“According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 54 percent of Facebook users ages 18 and older have adjusted their privacy settings in the past year, 42 percent have curbed their Facebook usage, and 26 percent have deleted the app from their phone. But the simplest security fix — just leaving the network altogether — may also be the hardest to execute successfully.” *
Am glad and proud that I have been able to quit the network altogether. I expected I would have pangs of FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. But surprise, surprise, I had none! In fact, I was so relieved that I don’t read posts of all and sundry. Lies, absolute lies and reiterated lies that made people believe lies to be truths. I was reminded of the lines, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave… when we first practice to deceive.” The hollowness and shallowness of it all actually stumped me. So no regrets. No longing to get back there. I am happy without Facebook!