For the past two years, I have been trying not to love my phone.
This summer I read Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now, written by someone who practically helped invent the chat room, and I was fairly convinced.
Then I quit Google and deleted my account. (I was a 10+ year heavy user of all things Google.)
This fall, I converted my Facebook profile in to a Page, which effectively un-followed everyone. I also unfollowed everyone on Twitter and Instagram.
Mental peace reigned supreme, for the most part.
Tonight I will delete my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I have liked having a place to post upcoming events, share interesting information, and interact with friends I don’t always see. But I can’t do it any more. Facebook is rotten, and they aren’t doing anything to try to heal the rot. (Since they were called to testify to Congress over privacy concerns this summer, they have released Facebook-owned cameras that live in your house.) Humans are more prone to jealously, group-think, slacktivism, and a sense of moral superiority now than we were before the current iteration of social media.
Or at least I am.
I think social media might adapt and improve. The folks at micro.blog are trying. (No follower counts are among my favorite features.) But we’ll see.
Before you think I am more noble than I am, I should say that for now I am keeping Instagram. I still don’t follow anyone, but I have a good time making IG stories…
I will still post to jonjordan.com, but I am not offended in the least if you never check. I don’t keep website stats, so I won’t even know if you never check.
If you think you should have my phone number and you don’t: reach out.