Backing Out and Turning Over

The most popular flavor of the Canadian ice cream company Sweet Jesus is “Rocky Road Rage”.

 

OK, i’m backing out of Facebook and soon will be deactivating my account.  I mentioned reasons for this in my previous post, but to that i’ll add another, which is that while i do dearly love the Facebook posts of a handful of friends, a problem with Facebook is that it’s addictive, and we all know that as time shoots by, addicts require larger and larger doses of their Substance.  And yes, even though for a good number of years after i started Facebook, i’d forget to look at it for weeks at a time i gradually, gradually found myself requiring a hit more often, and my use became first weekly, then daily.  Recently i found myself opening it more than once a day.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but it struck me last January that if i were going to make one, it ought to be to try to snap somewhat less often at clickbait.  And Facebook is definitely a form of clickbait.

So yes, i’m folding the tent within the next month or so as i create email distribution lists for a few friends who are not followers of my longtime companion, Matte Gray, who has been chronicling my life for the last twenty years.  He’ll continue to do so and will remain the best source of news about me.

Finally, as close as Matte and i are, i’ve not been able to convince him to deactivate his Facebook account, which a number of my friends already see.  I encourage everyone else to send a friend request to Matte Gray on Facebook.

Meanwhile, since so many people liked that garage door treatment in the last post, here’s another:

Garage door treatment

 

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2 Comments

  1. David Ogden
    Posted 1 April 2018 at 04:57 | Permalink

    I left FB for a week recently. It wasn’t difficult, and I didn’t miss it a lot. I do like posting photos and look forward to getting comments and likes from friends like you. I’ve tried to back off from the political stuff, but that’s somewhat addictive. When somebody posts something that articulately and cunningly bashes Trump, it’s difficult to restrain myself from hitting the Like button. I also enjoy photos and updates from not-close friends and friends from the padt, including high school. So for me at this point, the good outweighs the bad. I’ll be friending Matte shortly.

    • Posted 1 April 2018 at 06:13 | Permalink

      Well, since you’ve outed yourself, i’ll confirm that you number in the handful of friends whose posts i don’t want to give up. And yes, the political stuff is definitely addictive, particularly the graphics since i’m such a print news junkie. I think i’m in a great position now because i can toss my cake in the compost pit and have it, too since i have Matte to rely on and can still keep in touch with the people who matter while hopefully getting away from some of the junk posts.

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