If you haven’t already, it’s time to remove Facebook from your life

“Delete your Facebook account. No, but really,” Jack Morse writes for Mashable. “This is not the exhortation of an internet troll, but rather the earnest advice of someone who has peered deep into the blue and white abyss and found only varying degrees of despair. ”

“Facebook is unlike any other social media offering in numerous important ways, and while some of those differences add value, the whole ends up being depressingly less than the sum of its parts,” Morse writes. “This, however, is not the story of a confusing user interface, or a diluted brand trying to be everything to everyone — it’s much bigger than that. This is about how Facebook is actually bad for you, and it’s past time that we admitted it.”

Two reasons why Facebook is bad for you:

• Filter bubbles: Facebook silos off conversations between like-minded individuals, creating a harmful feedback loop of self-reinforcing nonsense

• Facebook is a shady company: Facebook’s employees have demonstrated over and over a willingness to exploit their users in ways that demand remembering.

“Many people hold off on deleting their Facebook account for fear of missing out,” Morse writes. “But here’s a dirty little secret: There are plenty of ways to get photos, invitations, and notifications other than Facebook. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We haven’t had personal FaceBook accounts for many years now. And happily so.

Beyond the privacy aspect, Facebook is Creepster Central. It’s a Narcissists’ Paradise. In general, yuck. — MacDailyNews, March 27, 2015

SEE ALSO:
How to delete your online existence, while saving your data – March 1, 2017
Free ‘Data Selfie’ tool reveals how creepy Facebook tracks and studies your activity – February 17, 2017
Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet – May 27, 2016
Former Facebook workers: We routinely suppressed conservative news – May 9, 2016
FCC won’t force Google and Facebook to stop tracking you – November 6, 2015
European Commission: Don’t use Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on – March 27, 2015
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014
Tim Berners-Lee: You should own your personal data, not Google, Facebook, Amazon, and advertisers – October 8, 2014
Facebook conducts massive psychology experiment on 700,000 unaware users, and you may have been a guinea pig – June 28, 2014
Why Apple really values your privacy – unlike Google, Facebook, or Amazon – June 25, 2014
U.S. NSA used Facebook to hack into computers – March 12, 2014
How to permanently delete your Facebook account – December 16, 2013
Study finds link between number of Facebook friends and ‘socially disruptive’ narcissism – April 10, 2012

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      1. BTW: How and you, bot, be a ‘constitutionalist’ when your favorite parasite, The Trump, is a proclaimed ANTI-Constitutionalist? The examples are plentiful. Have a couple:

        Trump Says Freedom of the Press Must Go Because He’s ‘Not Like Other People’
        “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people…We’re gonna…have people sue you like you never get sued before.”

        Donald Trump doesn’t like the “archaic” Constitution: “It’s really a bad thing for the country”
        Trump calls the Constitution “archaic,” while his chief of staff is tired of the First Amendment

        So long First Amendment.

        IOW: You have a profound case of cognitive dissonance.

        And of course you’re going to respond to my comment with more of the same and I’ll fall asleep from boredom.

        1. lol, a Salon link to an edited Trump video regarding his comments regarding filibuster and plurality votes…NOT the Constitution or the First Amendment. What a liar you have become.

          (PS: Your first link goes to an MDN story.)

          1. Your first link goes to an MDN story

            Thank you! CopyPaste Pro is having a bad day. Try again!

            Trump Says Freedom of the Press Must Go Because He’s ‘Not Like Other People’
            “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people…We’re gonna…have people sue you like you never get sued before.”

            “One of the things I’m gonna do, and this is only gonna make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do if I win… is I’m gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re gonna open up those libel laws.

            “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people…We’re gonna open up those libel laws, folks, and we’re gonna have people sue you like you never get sued before.”

            No Mr. ‘President’. Not gonna happen. First Amendment why. I personally believe you’re a blithering idiot with intentions of treason. You can’t sue me for my opinion. Kill the First Amendment and you prove me right to the entire world.

            As for the second, the Salon article, good catch on the headline. Here’s the actual interview that sparked it, which is ever more enjoyable:

            We don’t have a lot of closers in politics and I understand why. It’s a very rough system, it’s an archaic system. You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House, [but] the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through, it’s really a bad thing for the country in my opinion.

            There are archaic rules and maybe at some point, we’re going to have to take those rules on because for the good of the nation things are going to have to be different. You can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair, it forces you to make bad decisions. I mean, if you’re forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules, so —

            [MARTHA] MACCALLUM: Like what, how would you change them?

            TRUMP: Well, you know, you look at the voting and you look at the filibuster system. And it used to be. You know, I always thought of filibuster where you stand up and you talk all day and then somebody else–

            MACCALLUM: You don’t have to do that anymore.

            TRUMP: No, you don’t have to do it anymore. Today you say filibuster guys sit home and they watch television or whatever they do. I think, you know, the filibuster concept is not a good concept to start off with but if you’re going to filibuster, let somebody stand up for 20 hours and talk and do what they have to do or even if they are reading comic books to everybody, let them do it but honestly, the whole with so many bad concepts in our rules and it’s forcing bad decisions. I really see. I see just — I’ve seen this — I’ve seen it over the years where bad decisions are made, decisions that nobody wanted are made because of archaic rules and that’s something that I think we’re going to have to change.

            Thank goodness, forefathers and The US Constitution for separation of powers in the USA.

            Yeah, that’s in the US Constitution.

        2. Modern CONservatives are essentially authoritarians. The ones who claim to be Libertarians are CONservatives that like to smoke dope and get laid.

          There is so much hypocrisy from CONservatives, they want a small government, but push laws telling Doctors to recite scripted bullshit to patients. They claim to want free markets, but pass laws restricting competition in many industries such as preventing community broadband. They claim to love our troops even as they cut DVA funding and Military Retirement benefits. They claim to treasure property rights, but repeatedly fail to protect the rights of citizens from polluting corporations that use land, water and air for an industrial toilet- that dimish the value of your property and it’s resale value. They claim to champion the rights of the individual, but enact bills that indermine the rights of workers to have the protection of a contract (so-called right to work laws).

          The modern Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of K Street.

          1. Hey DavGreg, why did you only list the hypocrisy of the CONservatives and then stop? What?… You think there is no hypocrisy from the DIMocratics?

            You say the CONservative are authoritarian but it was the DIMocratics that voted for a law, Obamacare, that required you to purchase a product. This from a political philosophy that touts a woman’s right to choose, but then tells them and everyone else you don’t have a choice, you must buy this or be fined. Yeah, fined! DIMocratics don’t care if you have to choose between paying the fine or buying prescriptions or food even. Hey, at least they took out the portion where you could go to jail for not complying with the DIMocratic’s ACA law! They claim to want free trade but then past trade deals like NAFTA, handicapping American businesses while white gloving foreign trade. They claim to love our troops but cut the military’s budget the first chance they get, every time, so they can divert funds to their warped social agenda. They also don’t defend soldiers who, with no malice or intent, but unwittingly release classified information and they go to jail but DIMocratics rally behind one of their own who is caught with classified material on her private email server. They claim to want clean water and clean air but, as lovers of big government, took no action against the EPA for polluting a waterway. And the Democratic favoring, snobby Hollywood elitist who pollute our air with their private jets to travel from Europe to America and then back to Europe just so they can give a talk to an environmental crowd regarding, of all things, Climate Change. They claim to champion small business but they saddle them with greedy union workers and incompetent minimum wage junkies (who are overpaid as it is) with their authoritarian forced upon minimum wage instead of letting the free market decide. They act with indignant outrage over Trump’s verbiage, as if their moral compass was as clean and pure as the wind driven snow when expressing their outrage over, “Grab them by the pussy” comments, yet the, all one in the same, DIMocratic base, Hollywood and the MSM media circled the wagon around Bill Clinton with the mantra “It’s all about sex” when he got caught lying to the American people when he pointed his little finger at us telling us nothing was going on, when in realty, he was getting his dick sucked by a 24 year old intern in of all places, the Oval Office while Monica’s boyfriend’s wife was in charge of cleaning up Bill’s 17 other dalliances, except for one blue dress. Unlike her server, she didn’t have the opportunity to wipe that clean with “what, like a cloth”!

            There is enough outrage and BS coming from BOTH sides of the political spectrum, so be careful my friend, I would hate for you to break your leg getting off that moral high horse of yours!

            1. Since I am not a Democrat I have no responsibility to explain or defend what they do. There are more than two possible schools of thought in this world.

              While it may be true that both parties are full of grifters- and they are, one is guilty of Jaywalking and the other is a serial killer. Trump’s Party are not Jaywalkers.

          2. Please stop your “cute” “CONservatives,” high school text style, or I’m going to start using Demoncrat, or something dumb like that. But, to some substance, if you don’t think “authoritarian” doesn’t cover a major swath of D’s, your bias is getting in the way. Current and obvious examples have to do with speech. Who is forcing who to shut down offending speech? Of the books being written these days, where does the fault lie? Btw, though the incidences have increased with the advent of Trump, it didn’t start with him. Also, the books referred to have been written by both right/left. Also, your last sentence implies the Dems are free of K Street. That’s ignorant, if I may say…and again shows your bias is blinding you.

            1. I am not a Democrat so stop the threats.

              I could use:
              NeoCON
              RepubliCON
              CONservative
              RepubliKKKan
              NeoKKKan
              KKKonservative

              All are synonyms with Low Information Voter.

            2. Again, as you speak, my thoughts are again reinforced. Tho the words have changed, these kind of barbs have been tossed around long before you were born. And you know who started it? Even if “they” started it, you perpetuate the nonsense? Funny.

        3. Face it Derek, you’re a failed fool who excels at stupid comments in the MacDailyNews message board. Where is your successful site? Your definition of success is being an Apple fan who voted for Dumbary Clintoid.

          Congratulations Derek. Your contribution to Planet Earth is slim. wOOt for you.

    1. But Facebook’s censorship is limited only to their own site, not the whole machine, unlike you know who. You can continue to use your device without Facebook, still can’t write a “Jobs is full of Crap” game on iOS. The whole widget an IT overlord, remember.

    2. But Facebook’s censorship is limited only to their own site, not the whole machine, unlike you know who. You can continue to use your device without Facebook, still can’t write a “Jobs is full of Crap” game on iOS. The whole widget and IT overlord, remember.

  1. Facebook is filled with fake news. But it is not the fault of Facebook its users choose to use Facebook as their one stop center for everything.

    The intent of Facebook was to pepper its users with ads. Some time after other people realized they could the same but with “alternative facts” and control not only the pocket book but beliefs.

    The same goes for other social medias including Youutube.

    1. It’s not Facebook’s “fault” but certainly their intention to make the site a one stop center for everything. I hate the fact that “Instant Articles” live within the site instead of linking out. It takes an extra step or two to open them in Safari and save to Pocket for example.

    1. How many “friends” do you have? I periodically purge mine and it’s still too many. If I didn’t use it I’d miss out on most events that are posted there. “Everyone else is doing it” isn’t the best excuse, but the alternative is to ask friends to inform me directly of things. People are busy enough as it is, I don’t expect them to do that.

  2. Yes, yes, yes.

    But there is such a thing as controlling one’s Facebook experience, in spite of the company BS. I also see no reason for anyone to hang onto it like it’s the teat of the Internet. It’s not. It’s just another great idea, among many, that is well worth ignoring when you have far better things to do.

    I happily ignore Facebook until I don’t have anything better to do. And when I use Facebook, I don’t put up with their BS and I go in search of what I want to read, NOT what they want me to read, or blunderingly ‘think’ I want to read.

    Toss it in the corner. For occasional use only.

  3. I find Facebook as useful as anything else. I have about 20 friends on Facebook, 15 of them are people I’ve never seen in real life. I have no family to speak of so Facebook does not serve me in that way. I enjoy going to one of those “silos of like minded individuals” and talking about Macs and Apple in general or Harley Davidson Motorcycles or Pit Bull dogs, etc.

    I control my news stream, I block *most* of the political news because it will just have you chomping at the bit and foaming at the mouth. It has helped me to hone my fake news spotting ability. A) If I don’t recognize the source and I cannot verify that it is reputable… fake news. B) If the news is too good to be true, i.e. it confirms my beliefs to a degree that seems tailor fit to win arguments, it’s fake news.

    You have to control it like anything else. Right now if I want to talk to lots of people about a topic without them getting weird beyond acceptable noise {cough}REDDIT{cough} Facebook is it.

    Facebook is good practice for expressing ideas without insulting other people as well because lord knows you want to.

    I think that maybe Mashable is upset because few people on Facebook have ever heard of Guy Kawasaki.

    I do not fear what is on my screen. Except maybe here on MDN. I know when a topic is going to be dangerous, but I just can’t resist sometimes. Making a comment is like Game of Thrones walk of shame or the Klingon Age of Ascension Ceremony.

    If you kee your sense of humor though, meh. It’s all good.

      1. Unfortunately that doesn’t work on some people. There are some idiots that still believe the Earth is flat, that we never went to the moon and recently some clowns don’t even think rockets can reach space. Believe it or not these people exist.

  4. What sort of person allows FaceBook to control their lives and thoughts? That’s an absurdity. If you use it to scream your opinions and lose your cookies when people don’t agree then you deserve the ulcer. Facebook is Zuckerberg’s house, you enter it understanding it’s layout and implications. If he doesn’t like what you are doing then too bad, it’s his house and no sort of whining and foot stamping is going to get you your way. No candy for baby. There’s always Reddit or other places where psychosis is allowed unfettered.

  5. Facebook can be abused and toxic to many, like anything else. Me, I’m allergic to yogurt, alcohol, tattoos, reality TV. Facebook does not censor all that could or maybe even should be blocked or removed. Spend a lot of time on Facebook, you’ll witness far more depth, diversity, and degrees of uselessness and usefulness than one who does not share in the experience will ever know. It can be both a blessing and a curse. Good or bad- it is most important to remember moderation, and that it is not real life. But this all applies to the internet in general. The same positives and negatives relating to the internet in general, any comments section, apply here also. Read the comments, the level of discourse, the various interpretations of facts, people’s stubbornly embraced prisms and agendas. You can avoid Facebook, but you find all its ingredients on this page, any internet page, newspaper letters column, family gathering, barroom brawl. We are what we consume. There are people to the left of me and the right of me who appear to be equally clueless. There are people I love and respect who nevertheless can also be excruciatingly shallow, boring, narcissistic- the key word of our times. There is usually never no one size fits all. Moderation. The worst thing we can do is become hypocrites and get sucked into the Dark Side while screaming how much we’re against it. Been there, done that. That’s when- you take a break.

    1. “The same positives and negatives relating to the internet in general, any comments section, apply here also. ”

      yeah, Aurapuke, it’s this new thing they have out called freedom of speech and of the press.

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