I recently heard two very conflicting viewpoints on Facebook. On a tech podcast, a host said that kids today call Facebook “the old people app,” which is something I’ve been hearing for a while. But a colleague told me that from what he’s seen administering a Facebook group, there’s actually tons of kids on it. He believes Facebook skipped a generation, since there was, no doubt, an age group for a while that shunned Facebook.
Honestly, I’m inclined to believe my colleague over the tech podcast considering that tech journalists don’t live in the real world. I wish the tech podcast was right (and maybe they are, I haven’t looked into it), but regardless, I guess that’s enough intro to what that post is about.
About a week and a half ago, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. There are quite a few reasons, but the gist of it is A) I’m tired of seeing people’s crappy political opinions and B) Facebook as a company is an untrustworthy trash heap, and I want less of it in my life. I’m not deleting it entirely (I still check it on my computer/iPad, just not on my phone), and I still have Messenger and Instagram on my phone (at least, for now).
I have, over the course of a couple years, been drastically reducing how much I post on Facebook, now I guess I’m just looking at it less too. I wish I could get rid of it, but I feel like I need it to keep in touch with certain people and to (don’t laugh) promote what I’m working on, aka, my novels, blogs, etc.
So, anyway, I do still post a lot on Twitter, but that platform is usually pretty vapid (that’s not an insult, I like having a platform that is just stream-of-consciousness for mostly unimportant thoughts), so I was thinking maybe I could start blogging more often and just get a plugin for WordPress that cross-posts my posts to Facebook and Twitter (rather than doing it manually). I suppose I’d still be giving Zuck data that way…I’m not sure that I care too much about links to my own site though. Besides, as I’ve heard it put best, if you’re not on Facebook, Zuck still knows everything about you from the you-shaped hole in your friends’ accounts.