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.