Decluttering (my) Social Media

Disjointed Society ©FrogDiva Photography

I have just about had it with Facebook. Two weeks ago I shut down my FB photography page, withdrew from all the photography groups, and felt incredibly lighter, now that I have less to maintain. I am, however, very close to shutting down my entire FB account altogether and began withdrawing in stages. I simply cannot take any more nonsense of this oversharing, it is absolutely nauseating. I thought I could handle all the sharing and feeds, and ignore the constant oversharing, but some people just overdo it. No matter how often I snooze or mute them, at some point or another they resurface.

July has been a turning point for me in many ways, rekindling an old flame of social activism in the form of literary activism, embarking on a new road in my photography, coming one step closer to obtaining my German citizenship, and a few other milestones. So I thought to myself, since I am shedding all this baggage, might as well continue to declutter my life. Social media is one of the first things I decided to attack.

It was a three-year experiment, that cost me a lot of time and aggravation, and in the end, brought me no further as author or photographer. I have never used it (FB) for personal sharing, and it will be a cold day in hell when I do, so there is really no point. As far as the photography is concerned, my professional interactions take place on other platforms, where the dialogue actually makes sense and I get the feeling I am talking to my peers, and not just the recipient of a bunch of useless comments such as “great shot” “amazing image”. This is precisely why I disabled the comment feature on Instagram.

Those who really matter to me know how to get in touch, keep in touch or reach out. I value your presence in my life not my social media.

One comment

  1. I got rid of FB over 10 years ago, from my personal take, life is so much less frustrating and more fulfilling without it. I can definitely see where you’re coming from.

    Discontinuing it was so much more satisfying than just trying to limit interaction with it. It just wasn’t fun anymore and deleting my account was at the point where the pros outweighed the cons (election stuff in 2008 was at its peak at the time and hearing about all the conversation was cluttering, exhausting) and it became a chore in an unmotivating way every time I would log in, especially when I wanted FB to be a place to connect and a peaceful, creative space of expression and exchange. I did miss it at first once I made the decision to get rid of it and felt like I was missing out and was not sure how I could maintain a social relationship with those I wanted to keep up in that way, but I can say it has all worked out for better!

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