Washing My Hands [socs]

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Whenever I visit Facebook, my feed is awash with complaints about how terrible FB is. I don’t have Instagram, but from what I read, that site is also starting to suck in a major way. Both are due to get worse, as Zuck has decided to compete with TikTok by shoving reels and influencer videos in our faces from people we don’t follow. According to Zuck, we shouldn’t choose what to see; the AI will decide for us.

Thus, I wash my hands of FB, which has become impossible to read lately anyway because of their auto-refresh every 10 seconds. For a while now, it’s been all about nasty political memes and doom-scrolling, interspersed with ads every 3 posts. Blech! I’m glad I created a new account because it provides a way of easily contacting friends, but that’s all FB is good for, imo. Even reading my groups is annoying these days, since they’re full of FB’s exhortations to join other groups. Can’t I just view some kitties in peace?!

So where can a writer post original ideas, interact with fellow writers in a meaningful way, and be part of a community of people who care about the written word? Well duh, right here on WordPress! Whenever I tell FB friends this, they’re all eh blogs, pish posh, can’t be bothered. Thing is, most of them have blogs, but they’re dusty from disuse. Unfortunately, so many peeps have become addicted to consuming feeds full of mental junk food that they recoil at the idea of taking the time to write a couple of thoughtful paragraphs or creating a new piece of fiction or poetry ~ even those who used to do these very things. Sad.

But like Fandango always says… whatever floats your boat. And if anyone cares, I still enjoy Twitter for poetry and news.

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42 responses to “Washing My Hands [socs]

  1. I am not keen on Facebook or any other social media I have them but rarely use them! Yes wordpress is my safe place 💜💜💜💜

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  2. I am very happy to be Facebook-free. Apparently yesterday Instagram announced they were rolling back some of the algorithm changes because people (aka the Kardashians) were slamming it.

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  3. This is the exact reason I left Facebook many years ago. If the AI is going to decide what I should do on social media, then I’m better off away from it.

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  4. I’m in total agreement with you Paula

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  5. I totally agree with you on the Facebook deal. I don’t go there very often.

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  6. I gave up on FB because I was fed up with being put in detention every time I attempted to post an article, cartoon, or meme that Zuckerberg’s thought police didn’t like. What made it truly ridiculous is that I posted exclusively in a tiny (less than a dozen members) secret group, never on any public page — yet FB felt compelled to prevent even those few souls seeing the stuff I attempted to share. I finally decided I didn’t need the aggravation. WP can be glitchy sometimes, but they don’t tell me what I can and can’t post (at least not so far).

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    • Right. So many friends are getting jailed or warned. It’s all arbitrary and senseless. Yet they won’t move off the platform to socialize somewhere else. I give up on them!

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      • Sometimes FB would allow my post to go up, but then they slapped a “fake news” warning on it, along with links to articles from the Zuckerberg-approved arbiters of truth refuting whatever my original post had said. When they start fact-checking cartoons and memes, you feel like you’re in the twilight zone.

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      • Seriously! They told one of my friends a photo of a TABLE was against “community standards.” Wtf???

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  7. I use Twitter for all my sports updates and then Words press. My instagram is just there collecting dust. Sadly but I have found that most people don’t like to read. I ya don’t show them a pic you get a blank stare. LOL

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  8. Guilty as charged. I hope to get writing after my vacation.

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  9. Was it you who mentioned Newton Minow the other day? I think the vast wasteland has moved from the TV to the Internet.

    Marshall McLuhan wrote “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” in 1964. It’s just as relevant today as it was almost 60 years ago when applied to the Internet (which he presaged 30 years before it started happening) as it was to TV back then.

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  10. I’m still thinking I’ll have to go back on FB for career-building and to try to connect with other religious Jews, particularly those on the autism spectrum, as it seems increasingly hard to connect with them in other ways. However, I am nervous about it.

    I just searched for how many people are on FB, and it looks like somewhere between 2 and 3 billion which seems pretty terrifying when the total world population is about 7 billion.

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  11. Well said Paula!. I really like the word “awash”

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  12. I am not on Twitter or TikTok, but I do still have a Facebook and Instagram accounts. I never post anything on either, but I do read posts on both from my adult kids just to know what they’re up to and what’s going on in their live.

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  13. I have Facebook and I only have it to keep up with friends and family. It’s hard to get rid of in that case.

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  14. When I think of the way FB is run, and the sinister aspects of censorship, I want to quit. It is essentially unrewarding, mostly. I probably should bow out, except there is something slightly unsettling about detaching myself from 240,000,000 people. Or 3 billion.
    I would like to zap my posts and leave only one, which provides an email address where people who actually want to communicate with me could do so. Of course that could get awkward in its own way. But just deleting my account feels like I’m throwing some people away–because I know that, realistically, there will be no other connection.
    It feels kind of like high school where I hung out with a bunch of people who really would not have gone to any lengths, otherwise, to be my friend.

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    • I’ve thought about that a lot ~ how our friendships and romances are formed out of convenience and logistics rather than soul-mateyness. It bothers me sometimes, but then again I’m never willing to travel for anything (except my kids), so what do I expect? LOL

      I quit FB for 2 years, but got lonely at the start of lockdown and rejoined. At first, it was nice to reconnect with the peeps who won’t email or blog, but then that wore off and it was the SOS of nasty arguments and boring memes. Most connection is done via messenger anyway. I’m not planning to quit, but I don’t interact as much as I did, nor do I want to post much at all there…

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  15. I just noticed how few people jump up and say, I love Facebook! Instead, mostly comments about how we’d love to quit, but for some reason we don’t, or can’t. Sounds like a drug addiction.

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