I had never been a real fan of social media platforms over the years. However, like most writers must at one point tell themselves, I convinced myself it was a “necessary evil.” So a few years ago I succumbed to opening a personal FB profile as well as a Twitter account.
Although I had seen and experienced quite a lot of social faux paus via this method of staying connected – I had to admit it was the easiest way to showcase links to my articles, columns and publications over the past couple of years. If it wasn’t for FB I also probably wouldn’t have known what was going on in the lives of many of my family members. And I’m sure they would say the reverse is the same. It was nice staying in touch and getting updates, but at the same time I don’t want to hear about someone having needed a doctor’s visit on my home feed.
As the 2016 Presidential election started to near it’s end, the increase of hostility in Facebook land started to rise. It was the equivalent of sprinkling gasoline all over the floor. Then all it took was one – big – spark.
I’m a big fan of freedom of speech. But suddenly I found myself dealing with individuals who were lacking appropriate boundaries, or intelligence in general, and things just started to get uncomfortable.
With all the added stresses in the world, I decided to take a break from “personal” FB. If someone is an actual friend – they know how to get in touch with me without a Like or an Emoji. It’s only been 24 hours, and I’m certainly more relaxed. And in the time I would have normally been trolling on FB – I wrote my first website blog entry.
So life after Facebook – so far it’s creative.