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I’m going on a diet.
Not the kind of diet I’ve been on for the last three years, with some success, despite some ‘give backs.’
But a diet from the two to three to four hours a day I spend between email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and a variety of websites that provide me with some form of input about things important and not so important.
I’m starting by withdrawing from Facebook, which is something I’ve been considering for a year or more, not just because of the amount of time I spend on it, but also for a number of other reasons.
There’s lots I like about FB, particularly for being in touch with friends (and some foes) with whom I otherwise might not have frequent contact. Certainly I enjoy posting photos (mine and Ellen’s) and links to my MillersTime.net blog. And there are a number of links that I follow from various FB posts that I might not know about otherwise.But I’m choosing to start this diet with FB because of what FB has become and what its leaders, particularly Mark Zuckerberg, have done with this once promising social networking website. I’ll spare reposting Lisa W’s list and explanation of Ten Reasons Why You Should Quit Facebook Now. Suffice it to say that I agree with at least eight of her 10 points.
(I have previously posted (on FB!) Sacha Baron Cohen’s powerful three minute video of how FB’s platform and policies are allowing the spread of hate and lies in our political and other discourse and, in fact, makes what is occurring there even worse by their unwillingness to intervene. If you haven’t listened to Cohen’s message, stop now and click on the link above.
I will continue, for now, with my Instagram and Twitter accounts knowing that Instagram is owned by FB. As with any diet, you can’t cut out everything at once, but you have to start somewhere. In order not to just transfer my FB time to one of the other social media time killers, I will also limit my total time spent using these (and other) social media platforms.
So by the end of January, I will no longer have a Facebook account. Between now and then, I will figure out alternative ways to stay in touch with some individuals abroad and with friends here in the US. I’m open to suggestions as how to do that.
And if you want to help me (having partners in dieting has proven valuable to me with my weight loss), you can let me know if you’d like to be on my MillersTime.net mailing list, which at no cost to you will get you three for four emails a month that describe my most recent blog post (on travel, photos, family, grand kids, books, films, baseball, and an occasional attempt at describing something that is on my alleged mind.) Just email me if you want to get those notifications about new blog posts.
Finally, for now, I will retain my two Instagram accounts (samesty84 and millerstimeblogger). So feel free to follow me there and send me your Instagram handle (if you want to stay in touch that way).
There’s always that old fashion way of communicating – email (Samesty84 at gmail dot com) and texting. I am diligent in responding to email (and snail mail) from friends…and texts, which seem to be my wife’s and daughters’ preferred way of reaching me.
Nick Jacobs said:
Yes! Keep me in the loop on your blog posts – email@example.com.
Kudos to you for quitting FB! I did the same thing right before the 2016 elections and joined up again about two years ago…have regretted coming back.
Done. You should have gotten your first millerstime.net email a few minutes ago. Welcome.
I’ve tried to cut Facebook out but it’s the best way for me to keep in touch with what’s happening with the community. I just recently saw a book at the library about how I’m leaving a digital footprint for Miriam. Maybe I’ll start by cutting back and follow you slowly!
It’s a tuf decision I think, especially when it has become such a part of your life and way of being in touch in that refrigerator where you live.
Ethel Geisinger said:
Hi Richard..I think it’s a wise decision. Please keep me connected and I really hope to see you and Ellen on your next trip to NYC!
Ethel, Shall I add you to the MillersTime.net email list? R
Ben Shute said:
I understand – too many extended family use it so I don’t think I can.
If I’m not on MillersTime.net please add me.
I’m bshutejr on Instagram.
You’re on my MillersTime email list and will stay there until you ask to be removed. And I’m adding you to my Instagram feed.
Land Wayland said:
I am not surprised by Mr. Zuckerberg’s announcement because of the shameful practices followed by Facebook regarding the purchased advertisements it throws into each session. After being nipped at (as opposed to being bitten) by one of the fraudulent ads (I escaped in time), I began to do research on many of the products that appear. Some are decent products but, with rare exceptions, I have found them to be, at best, generously overpriced when compared with the prices charged for precisely the same product at many alternate websites. At worst,they are unmitigated frauds (anyone see an ad from the National Solar Institute about a freezing disaster about to hit America (including Hawaii) and promoting the sale of a puny ceramic heater to save civilization…not one word of truth in it and twice the price offered at a dozen sources.
Mr.. Zuckerberg operates a company sponsored by liars and he has been in the cesspool for so long he thinks it smells fine and dandy so he is willing to invite his fellow cesspoolers to take a couple of laps with him.
There are too many other ways to stay connected without all of the cutesy pie FB videos. Keep me on your email and blogs
All you say too.
Richard—instagram is owned by…..Facebook.
I know. That could be next. Can’t cut out everything on the diet at once. But at least there seems to be less violations and les outrageous postings on Instagram.
I love this idea and have also been considering it. Maybe it is time!
David P. Stang said:
Your withdrawal from participating in Facebook sounded almost apologetic.
Let me tell you why I fully support what you did by withdrawing from Facebook. It has nothing to do with the pathologically sick and totally hypocritical self-serving hype Facebook puts out, which is unquestionably deplorable. It’s like my objection to political correctness. By that I mean the whole idea of Facebook is fundamentally flawed. It’s despicability is as flawed as iPhone 11’s slow-motion selfies.
One of the major problems facing our country, and particularly affecting young people including the many nutcase millennials, is the solipsistic life orientation has gone so out of control that life itself has become pure madness. You and I have many times discussed that those who have chosen emotional growth and maturity have learned to focus far less upon themselves and confine their attention more compassionately to the well-being of others.
Any social phenomenon or gimmick that exploits the human weakness of becoming self-centered to the point of unmitigated solipsism is evil. I have never subscribed to any form of social media because I believe that it’s very foundation is to reward egocentric, self-absorbed behavior.
Please add this concept to your list of justifications for dumping Facebook. And please promise me that you will never buy an iPhone 11 and make slow-motion selfies. Because if you did so you would be so close to irreversible and deadly permanent insanity that there would be no way to save you from self-destruction.
Your very good pal,
Carmen Beaton said:
Please add me to your mailing list. I love knowing what you are up to!
Send me your email address so I can put you on the MillersTime email list:
Send to Samesty84@gmail.com
John Dietsch said:
Good on you, Richard. Imo, FB and other social media platforms are run by greedy, cowardly people who somehow have not fully gone through an adult maturation process.