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Trying To Exit Some Social Media

Exiting Social Media Is Difficult

I’ve tried this before, exiting social media. It’s a tough decision. The ability to communicate with the world was tossed out to the general public with no real instruction manual. The result has been a wreckage of information for the wealthy to mine to their benefit.

Exit sign at the bottom of the stairs.
Exit sign at the bottom of the stairs.

The wealthy only pretend to do social media. They pay people to instruct them on what to say and do to promote their agendas and their personas. The rest of us are left to our own devices to figure this out.

I’m starting to learn that less is far more with social media. You are giving away data points and information about yourself without even realizing. What you find humorous is informative. Where you visit, who you like, who you dislike, etc. All of this can be analyzed and used to your detriment.

Another aspect to this is that you are giving away valuable insights for free. A wealthy person made the comment that he used YouTube to gather feedback and data that would have cost him dearly many years ago. All that he had to do know is do a video designed to get a reaction and the information came to him for free.

I do like the social interaction. I’m going to experiment with posting on digital properties that I own. These are my websites. I’m going to start trying to get the discipline to put in the work to make a post. No more just sharing what others post or other simple methods. I’m going to try to post my own creations in an attempt to improve my interactions with others and to force the social media companies to share my personal websites if they want me to add value to their websites.

I’m curious as to what the results of this will be.

Facebook Angst

I hate Facebook, but it’s a popular communication tool. I’m stuck with it.

So I wanted to clean it up. I removed:

  • People that I rarely talk to.
  • People I suspect of only watching for things to use against me.
  • People who post what I would consider to be abhorrent content.
  • People that I don’t know or know well enough.
  • People who’s linkage to me on Facebook proves to be no benefit to either of us.

That covers most of them that I removed. The bad part is that some of those people will think I don’t like them. That may be very true in some cases, not at all in others.

I know that I could just hide posts and they wouldn’t know I didn’t care to see them, but in some cases, that leaves me with an association to people that I just don’t want.

Most of what I post that’s worth reading is on markspearman.com anyhow. Anyone who ever really wants to contact me can do it there without the entire world giving our communication a look and a nod(or not).

Notice I said Facebook was a popular communication tool, not a good one. I hate the way it works. It’s a hassle.

Why Instagram?

I got an Instagram account, but I’m still not sure exactly how I’ll use it. There are so many platforms on the web that it almost makes me miss the days when I would code them with HTML. It was slow going, but at least there was only one platform.

The only draw for me right now with Instagram is the forced constraint of a square photo. It seems like a decent challenge to try to make something interesting with that constraint.

Social Media Constraints

Cattails in the early winter.
Cattails in the early winter after being ravaged by birds. Birds use the stringy seeds to make nests.

Constraints often improve an artist’s work. I don’t consider myself an “artist”, but I do undertake creative endeavors. Writing and photography are forms of art, I just don’t like to compare anything I do with so many other somewhat unrelated fields like painting. I have found that limits do free your time and keep your works withing boundaries, financial and otherwise.

A constraint I’m adding is far, far less time on Facebook. More time walking, writing and photographing. Less time arguing the finer points of politics and other things that Facebook is a lacking platform for.

It’s already led me to a Sunday afternoon hiking in a field. That’s when this photo was captured.

Goodbye Facebook

I started to write a long article here about the evils of Facebook and why I left it. I found the points useless to right about because the problems Facebook causes or doesn’t is personal to everyone. The experience differs based on my different personality traits.

The number one reason I left Facebook was that it harms creativity and I’m a creative person. It does that by robbing time. I write less and create fewer photographs because I waste time discussing useless topics with no positive outcome on Facebook. Facebook is depressing too in the overall scheme of things.

All of that time and effort could be put towards my own works. Why should I sit and pump their website full of posts and create an income for them?

The positive I’m losing is the connectivity. The way I see it though, a simple search for “Mark Spearman” in Google brings up my site and people can contact me through that. If people aren’t putting that much effort into finding me, what’s the use?

So in short, I’ve left Facebook to pursue more rewarding endeavors.

Social Media Woes.

Sun setting on a pond.
The Sun Is Setting On 2014

It’s been a long time since I started sharing things on the Internet. It’s always just been a hobby, but nothing has ever trumped the days of actually working to get a post to appear to the world.

There was a time when one had to figure out HTML, figure out how to place it on a web server, and then figure out how to get people to notice that it was there. Usually that consisted of sending e-mails to friends and family asking them to check it out.

That all changed with so many tools that made it easier. Once Facebook hit and people figured out that they too could post anything and have a large audience. It’s so easy to do, that not much effort has to be placed on what is posted. There’s not much thought to it and that leads to a lot of mundane crap from everyone, myself included.

With 2014 ending, I think I’m going to place the constraint of only using social media as a way to tell everyone that I’ve posted something. I’ll take the time and effort to post my efforts on my own website. I own everything here. I control it all . With social media, they own it, control it, profit from it, censor it, and even claim copyright to it. I need to use them instead of the other way around.

If people find it to much trouble to click on the link to see my site from social media, I’m probably not posting anything worth reading anyhow.