Is It Ethical For Responsible Americans To Remain On Facebook?

Facebook-Censorship

There was some sort of good news but also seriously ominous news regarding Facebook’s increasingly brazen efforts to distort public debate and to use its power to restrict free speech. Unfortunately, the good news wasn’t nearly good enough, and the rest might just be the proverbial straw that breaks the metaphorical camel’s back, at least for me.

On the slightly positive side was that the giant social media platform has reversed several instances of content removal after review by the company’s “independent” (I am not convinced how independent it is) oversight body. Facebook’s new 20-member Oversight Board released its first verdicts yesterday, and overturned four of five censorship decisions. Facebook is now allowed seven days to restore the banned content.

But why does it take seven days? It doesn’t really: this is a stall. With time sensitive material, the license just compounds the harm.

Now the board will decide whether to keep former President Trump’s page banned permanently. That should tell us whether the review system is legitimate or a sham with a purely political agenda, for there can be no justification for blocking the words, views and opinions of any prominent national leader, particularly a President, and particularly particularly one who is routinely savaged with twisted accusations every day by the news media and every second by other Facebook users. The Oversight Board will issue a decision in the next 90 days as the ban continues. It’s a another transparent stall. This isn’t a hard call, and if it is for anyone, then that is signature significance for disqualifying bias.

The one case the board upheld involved “hate speech,” which has no objective definition and means in progressive-speak “opinions we don’t like or find unpleasant.” The censored post used a “demeaning slur,” and the board said that “the context in which the term was used makes clear it was meant to dehumanize its target.”

Words don’t dehumanize anyone. Facebook is mixing up sounds with the “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”

The board did reverse the pulling of a post that quoted Joseph Goebbels. The user told the board the intent was to draw a comparison between the sentiment in the quote and the Trump presidency.  Oh! It’s an anti-Trump post! That’s all right then. Carry on!

Finally, a post in a French Facebook group relating to Wuhan virus policy was restored. That post claimed there was a cure for the virus while criticizing France’s pandemic strategies. As the user was “opposing a government policy and aimed to change that policy,” and the board held that Facebook had not demonstrated that the post would “rise to the level of imminent harm.” 

Facebook’s efforts to try to legitimize systemic restrictions of speech itself rises to the level of imminent harm. Come to think of it, why did I say this was even “sort of” good news at the beginning of this post? I think it must have been that it feels relatively benign in comparison to yesterday’s other Facebook news, which represents one more step in the slow boiling of the frog of democracy by the Left. Yeah, that must have been it.

The chairman for Reform California, a group currently circulating petitions to recall California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, revealed that Facebook had notified them that the company will no longer accept its ads to publicizing the recall and asking for support. No reason for this move seems to have been provided, and I can’t imagine what a valid reason would be. Facebook hasn’t de-platformed Black Lives Matter and other groups responsible for illegal, destructive and violent acts, but a group promoting a legal recall effort of a Democratic Party darling, permitted under the California Constitution, is prevented from advocating its point of view just as the recall begins to look like it might succeed.

Every critical account of Facebook’s increasingly open bias in favor of a progressive takeover of the U.S. government by any means necessary includes the obligatory “while of course Facebook is free to do as they please as a private company” line, and I am sick of it. Yes, the platform is free to abuse its power and influence and betray the trust of its users while undermining democracy and personal liberties. Parents are also free to be cruel to their children, and the news media is free to promote fake news, and individuals are free to be bullies and assholes. making life miserable for everyone else. The fact that someone or a company can behave irresponsibly, destructively and unethically isn’t a justification, it’s a rationalization.

Facebook is a useful tool for me to keep in touch with many friends and relatives. I would inevitably lose all connection to many of them without the platform’s convenience. I don’t read the ads or news feeds, and I regard those who do as lazy and gullible. Facebook’s original purpose as a benign community network still makes it valuable. However, as the company’s confidence grows that the new Democratic regime will take no action against abuses of Big Tech’s monopolies no matter how much they strangle free speech and political dissent (as long as the abuse supports the Democratic policy goals), Facebook’s eagerness to be part of a slide into totalitarianism makes all of its users complicit in the nation’s unraveling.

I don’t know how much longer I can rationalize being part of that complicity.

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Pointer: Red State

 

29 thoughts on “Is It Ethical For Responsible Americans To Remain On Facebook?

  1. I still don’t understand why people need FB to keep in touch with friends. I’ve never had FB (okay, once for about 1 week back in 2006 with very limited personal info, then deleted) and I don’t have any issues keeping in touch with friends; heck, I don’t even have a “smart” phone. A poem (no mention of FB or Twitter but relevant in my opinion) I encountered recently by Scott Thomas Outlar:

    Google is
    the type of God
    that’ll lead you astray
    and then suck you dry
    to prelude slaughter

    and Apple is
    the slice
    of silicon life
    you’ll wish
    you never bit

    but it’s too late
    in the story
    for subtle warnings
    because that
    scene shift
    took place
    right before
    our eyes

    a digitized
    generation
    given over
    like an innocent calf
    to the wolves
    and vultures

    in a realm
    beyond
    their ancestors’
    understanding

    of nature
    and all its finer aspects

    • I have never had a Facebook account, nor any other social media beyond LinkedIn (for work). I still prefer to stay in touch with all my people the old fashioned way – by talking to the people I care about. In the beginning of the FB era I saw it as a tool for people to bully each other while glorifying their own lives. I saw soooo many people varnish up the truth and engage in group think, I couldn’t believe no one else was worried about all of it. FB hasn’t been “ethical” for a long time in my opinion, but lately they aren’t even trying to hide their agenda.

      Now they are banning ads of a book regarding President Lincoln. https://www.theepochtimes.com/facebook-cancels-abe-lincoln_3675825.html

      I see no end in sight for these companies until we all unplug and begin talking to each other directly.

      • It IS often used by people to show how much better they are than other people. I admit to doing it a bit myself – posting pictures with celebrities or from vacations overseas. I also admit to making some of my own memes designed to jab at those I don’t agree with. I have to also admit to posting pictures of interests that few probably care much about, like pictures I shoot of fire apparatus in action or aircraft in flight. Still, what’s the difference between me posting a picture of a speeding fire truck with the pompous hashtag #thebravest or some mom posting a picture of her infant kicking with the sappy hashtag #babyfeetarethebest ? It’s really just about trying to get attention and validation. Maybe we should be looking elsewhere for those things?

  2. “Facebook is a useful tool for me to keep in touch with many friends and relatives. I would inevitably lose all connection to many of them without the platform’s convenience. I don’t read the ads or news feeds, and I regard those who do as lazy and gullible. Facebook’s original purpose as a benign community network still makes it valuable. ”

    This follows my thinking. I use Facebook solely for connecting with people I already know. I do not read the news, share memes, click on ads or copy/paste anyone else’s status. I do not post anything about politics or social issues (or comment on them in reply to the posts of others), I do not identify my workplace, do not post about work and am very careful about who I accept as a friend, especially co-workers. My page is set to private so that only friends may see it.

    My Facebook disengagement this year, thus far, has been quite pleasant, though. I informed my family that I was not deactivating my account, that I could still be reached via Messenger, but that I was no longer scrolling through my feed. I have made two status updates this year.

    I have found I have so much more time for doing other things. I am halfway through the tenth book I’ve read this month, have learned to make homemade sausage gravy and have binge-watched the entirety of “Star Wars: Rebels”. Most of all, I do not have to turn to my Facebook feed, hoping to relax and enjoy the lives of others, only to find non-stop political rants or complex arguments reduced to overly-simplistic memes.

    I haven’t yet decided if or when I will pull the plug.

    • Wisest plan I’ve heard yet.

      For my part, I never found it necessary to resort to social media, having a healthy amount of traffic on email, by phone, and even – at social distance without raised voices – on buses (the horror!) or standing in lines. For a while I thought it possible to return to writing letters but found my hand to be unreadable, whether through age or disuse … a forewarning to those who can conceive of an electronic breakdown in communications.

  3. I will soon be using Facebook only to send Birthday and Anniversary best wishes to friends and family. Any other content will me moved to another site.
    A few days ago, I tried to post a meme that was emailed to me by a friend. The meme was a photo of a WWII United States Army GI firing a Browning Automatic Rifle, commonly called a “BAR.” The meme was captioned, “So, three Nazis walk into a BAR…” It was immediately flagged and removed by Facebook because it “depicts dangerous people or organizations” and “encourages violence.” I kid you not. A friend and former colleague had a post flagged recently for “bullying” because he referred to HIMSELF as “fat.” All this stupid woke sensitivity is very annoying to those of us who grew up in a non-PC world.

    • I’m outta there too, posting a final message with my email account for those who’d like to stay in touch. I just got a notice of a friend’s birthday today. He’s been dead for 5 years so I guess it’s not enough to just leave. I have to figure out how to close it:))

  4. I avoid it like the plague. Why would I look at posts that are essentially insults to me because I don’t take the left’s view of everything? I can stay in touch with friends and family via email and text … or dropping in at their house in the world wide world.

  5. A lot of community things are announced on FB. My kids t-ball and machine pitch schedules, cancellations were announced almost exclusively on FB. Many things are like that right now or I would be off. Thanks to Covid I have little need to be on. Our ATA has switched to emails from FB announcements, but they still put a lot of class content on there since kids are in and out of quarantine. Many people have moved on. FB is for “old people” and the kids prefer Snapchat to keep in touch.
    FB will continue to become less important as the preferences change.

  6. I post jokes, photos, historical stuff, and the occasional rant. I also keep my visibility there limited to those I accept as friends, which I have also now done on Twitter. I still remember getting a warning for “liking” a post on a public page where nothing toward had happened before, after which I simply unliked the page, who needs that crap? It IS obvious what Zuckerberg and company are up to, but it’s also obvious where Jeff Bezos is trying to make things go. Like it or not, facebook and amazon are too convenient NOT to use. That said, if and when the antitrust lawsuits break them up, I won’t shed any tears. Concentrating too much power in the hands of too few is not what this country is supposed to be about.

  7. “I would inevitably lose all connection to many of them without the platform’s convenience.”

    I call bullshit on this sentiment. Somehow we all were able to keep in contact with people before Facebook. Millions, like myself, find ways to stay connected without social media. The excuse that giving up privacy while enabling technocracy is worth it so you don’t have to be bothered making a direct phone call, text, email, or in-person visit – is common and what is enabling Big Tech to think they can decide what we do with our thoughts and lives.

    Supposedly, not having to connect directly saves time. Time for what? More doom scrolling? More blood pressure raising outrage articles and tweets? More insults hurled in comment sections? What the heck is so important that one can’t spend the extra twenty minutes on the phone with aunt Brunhilde or cousin Ed? Is it so hard to take the time to write and send an actual thank you note to a neighbor or friend? Is it really convenient to see loved ones baby photos online while forgoing actually being there to see the little ones grow?

    No, you wouldn’t lose all connection. Instead you might pay more and better attention to the people and activities that really mean something to you, while discarding what doesn’t serve you.

    Perhaps the real issue is deciding if the value of convenience overrides the value of deeper and more meaningful connection. This is part of the modern struggle most of us are having in our attempts to balance meaning with digital ease. Where do we draw the line between embodied tangibility and consuming that which invariably forces us to undermine our own serenity, bodily wellness, and kinship? The book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport is a great resource for “choosing a focused life in a noisy world.”

    Convenience can become a prison and the elites in Big Tech are happy to use our own excuses for such ease against us while destroying privacy, autonomy, liberty, and even democracy. Anyone who uses Facebook is part of the problem. That being said, using any digital resource like Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. is also contributing (I say this as I write on my Android tablet).

    By leaving Facebook the only thing that is lost are the superfluous relationships and tangents. The main thing gained is more investment in the relationships that really matter.

    Never confuse the convenient for the critical.

    • ” Instead you might pay more and better attention to the people and activities that really mean something to you, while discarding what doesn’t serve you.”

      This is a good point. I don’t even know how many Facebook friends I have, but family and close friends probably make up less than 50. The others are co-workers, former co-workers, people I went to high school with…in other words, people I either already see or people whom I haven’t seen in years and probably wouldn’t see under normal circumstances.

      The former I can engage with directly; the latter are superficial relationships that only exist on digital paper.

      You’ve recommended “Digital Minimalism” before. I have just now put it on hold at the library.

      • AM I hope you get something out of that book. Thanks for giving it a chance.

        I appreciate your comment from earlier regarding all the things you have time for offline. Especially the cooking. I spent most of the week offline and cooked twice a day every day. According to the wife, I made the most delicious chicken picatta ever.

    • “Somehow we all were able to keep in contact with people before Facebook.” Oh, that’s absolutely not the case for me, and I’m sure for may others. Someone once wrote that friends walk in and out of our lives like waiters, and that’s absolutely true. Keeping in with friends takes time, and the only thing that made it take less time was the fact that so many faded out of being friends, then became acquaintances, then, barely memories, then strangers. I had a reputation among my high school friends of keeping up contacts, but now the only ones I am able to keep tabs on are the ones on Facebook. You lose phone numbers, cell phones change, then email addresses.

      When I was running my theater, I had to use Facebook because that was where the theater community in DC hung out: I could cast shows, fill positions, promote projects. In addition, you can keep track of jobs, life changes and birthdays (which I am normally terrible at.)

      I have also been able to reconnect with people I lost track of: Facebook is excellent for tracking down lost connections. In my experience, many of those who pooh-pooh Facebook’s community and networking value don’t know how to use it.

      One old friend Facebook made it possible to reconnect with is a once vibrant and rebellious actor who I discovered has lost the use of his legs and was living in virtual isolation. We were not close, but I respected and liked him, and we completed several major theatrical projects together. In fact, I’m going to message him right now….through Facebook. It’s been too long. There is no other similarly quick way to reach out to him.

      • “You lose phone numbers, cell phones change, then email addresses.”

        That sentence indicates that such relationships are not that meaningful in the first place. All my close friends and family contact info is updated when changes happen because we’re close enough to be notified. If not, then it’s highly likely such a relationship isn’t that close.

        Is it that hard to get the email addresses of your contacts so you can communicate without Facebook reading every word?

        Again, I get the convenience excuse but I do hope you have taken some time to really evaluate the costs.

        I’m off to go feed some horses. They always seem to answer my friend requests.

    • Mrs. Q,

      I am going to respectfully disagree with you. It is very hard to keep up with family, friends, and acquaintances without Facebook. There has been a major change in how we “keep up.” Most people are starting to refuse to answer the phone for a number they don’t know, and half of them won’t answer the phone for numbers they do. One of my personal friends has a very strict policy which is causing us to drift apart. If she needs to know anything, she will accept Facebook Messenger, reading updates on Facebook, or texts. Nothing else will be acknowledged as phone calls and sitting down and talking take too long and interrupt her busy life. This is common, in my experience, with nearly everyone who is tech savvy under 50. The over 50 crowd has stopped taking calls because of the phone scams. I have had a call from my “car warranty” that was spoofed to be my in-law’s number. So no one answers my calls. Sending pictures is very difficult. The post office seems to think that “delicate, contains photo, do not bend” means use as the ball in rugby. Pictures are usually damaged when sent through the mail in my experience. And how many can you send? Digitally, when you have been requested one a day for a newborn, is easy. It takes a week for even one to get there, at which point the elder generations are complaining that the baby doesn’t even look like that anymore. The older generations, at least my grandparents and their generation, or so it seems, complain about sending pictures through text as it is too small, don’t like them sent over email as it is too hard to figure out, and can’t get them in the mail. So, we have to use Facebook as it is the only medium they accept. And if I back out, I cannot convince my cousins to do so, meaning I’m the mean granddaughter, who won’t send photos on Facebook because she is too selfish and not tech savvy enough. This leads to major family squabbles.

      This isn’t too bad with people like my in-laws who only live 120 miles from us, (while my dad lives less than a mile away or will be once hie retires and fully moves, the next closest relative is just over 100 miles from us). We can go see them whenever it works out. A two hour drive one way isn’t too bad, and can be a day trip, as long as I plan around it. It is harder with my grandparents who are about 250 miles away and will not see anyone with even the sniffles (I have a teething toddler) for fear of dying of COVID, which they’ve already had and recovered from. Even if I do want to spend 8 hours in the car for a day trip, we can’t spend much time with them. My cousin who lives over 2,000 miles away is harder still. She wants to know about my sick kid, she wants to see pictures and videos of the other kids too, but she only accepts Facebook. My other grandmother, who lives 1,200 miles away with my aunt, is the same, as Facebook is the only thing she knows how to use. To see any of these people, we have to video conference with Messenger.

      My community is even worse. If I want to know that someone is going to work on the road to my house and plan around not being to leave my house for several days, I have to get that on Facebook, or find out by having them barricade me in my house because no one is allowed on the street. The Public Works Department only notifies by a general post on Facebook and Twitter (which I flat out refuse to use). It was passed by the City Council as appropriate because it cut costs down. If there will be a water shut off for main work, it is announced on Facebook and Twitter, but no where else. If I want to know when Music in the Park starts, or Little League, dance classes, Girls Scouts, 4-H, etc, they are almost exclusively posted on Facebook.

      I have drastically decreased my Facebook usage, but I truly cannot stop without losing community notification or contact with my grandparents and even the close (in relationship if not in physical distance) cousins, at least until COVID goes away, and even then, while 250 miles is a bit of hardship to travel, my family who lives better than a thousand miles is nearly impossible to go see. I have experienced significant family strife over my refusal to use Facebook.

      I do not agree that “Instead you might pay more and better attention to the people and activities that really mean something to you”. My family and friends matter to me, and very few will interact with me outside Facebook. Either we all become monks, or we have to accept the evil that is Facebook.

      • “ The Public Works Department only notifies by a general post on Facebook and Twitter (which I flat out refuse to use). It was passed by the City Council as appropriate because it cut costs down. If there will be a water shut off for main work, it is announced on Facebook and Twitter, but no where else.”

        If Facebook is being used as a public utility, then it needs to be regulated as a public utility.

      • I think this hits on one of the great concerns we’re have having in society. With so much restructuring itself around Facebook, disconnecting from Facebook is starting to become a great deal like joining a monastery. It begins to cut you out of the way society functions. It is like trying to go entirely cash-based. Without any credit record, people are less likely to consider working with you. Or like going without health insurance. Sure, they say you can’t be turned away from medical care, but there are people who find themselves shorted of treatment or office time because they don’t have health insurance, regardless of the law. Society has been restructured around the assumption that you have credit, that you have health insurance, and increasingly nowadays that you have Facebook.

        I have similar experiences as Sarah B. My older sister communicates almost solely through Facebook. Even if you talk to her on the phone, she’ll just refer you to what she posted on Facebook. I’ve taken the route of leaving Facebook behind, but that means two things have happened. First, I have almost no interaction with my older sister, and second, I pester my wife more often for what she knows about family affairs, which she gets through her Facebook account.

        I also agree wholeheartedly with Null Pointer that Facebook has reached the point that it should be regulated like a utility.

        I do understand fully what Mrs Q has to say. I should make a greater effort to keep in touch with family and friends. But as relationships are a two-way street, if no one makes the effort to keep up the communication on their end, the relationship is destined to die.

        • I admit I may have different needs socially than you and Sarah B. I don’t have kids so I don’t have to deal with school/community updates.

          I also am someone who tends to be rather picky about relationships. If I’m in a relationship (family or friend) and I can’t be bothered to contact them directly and they can’t be bothered to do the same with me, then it’s not a relationship worth having. Again, my social needs may be different from you two.

          However I don’t fully buy that everything you both mentioned for Facebook’s use is needed, especially in light of the cost. In order to see that baby photo or click “like” on that update, you are giving FB your data, your time, and your thoughts. And they are using it to ends that simply are not in the best interest of the user

          There can be benefits to using even Facebook. The question is if one can draw clearer and cleaner lines around using it so that it doesn’t “take away from the real-world socializing that’s massively more valuable.”* A thirty day Facebook break may bring insight on where its personal usefulness really lies. If anything, just a week off can give some fresh perspective.

          * From the book Digital Minimalism

          • Mrs. Q,

            Let me clarify: I think Facebook and the social media shift have been immeasurably detrimental to our health and well-being as human beings, both as individuals and as a society. Your quote from Digital Minimalism hits exactly upon my concerns: that social media does take away from real-world socializing. I think we all need to disconnect from Facebook, and I’m currently alarmed by the extent that society has made it very uncomfortable, even unwelcoming, to people who don’t want to use Facebook. It reminds of:

            We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile…

            So many of the Catholic speakers I’ve been listening to have pounded the importance, time and again, to unplug from the electronics and be present to the people in our lives. I’ve recently been attending some short webinars hosted by a group called “Heroic Men”, which have been ordered to helping men be good Christian men. The latest seminar had a talk by Peter Herbeck who talked about the tradition his family had established where they would prepare a big meal Saturday evening, have a bunch of friends over, spend quality time together, and then Sunday go to Mass and spend the rest of the day focused on each other. The whole time, from the start of preparing the Saturday meal to Sunday evening, electronics were off and set aside.

            So I would take your one week challenge and even pare it down to just one full 24 hour period!

            What is interesting has been the opposite viewpoint in Catholic circles, where there is a push to embrace social media, following St. Paul’s admonition: “Test everything; hold fast to what is good.” There have been concerns about TV and internet destroying our social connections, and those are now widely used for apologetics, pastoral care, and evangelization. Why not social media? Their question becomes whether or not the problems we have right now are mere growing pains as we adapt to the newer ways of communicating, and eventually we’ll find the right balance and move forward in a healthy fashion, or if social media is intrinsically dysfunctional, and there is no real way to balance its use.

            I learn towards that latter.

            But again, my concern is watching society push headlong into the social media paradigm, to the extent that the base expectation is that you are on social media. My concern there stems from watching so many businesses move to online applications or e-mailed resumes, and seeing felons on probation who are not allowed to have internet access struggle to find work. People who try to live outside the base expectation can make it work, but it becomes exponentially more difficult with each complication that is added. I don’t think we’ve arrived at the point with social media that one is fully cut off in the same vein as internet or health insurance, but we’re definitely moving in that direction. And I don’t want us moving that way.

            And now I need to procure for myself a copy of Digital Minimalism… Which begs the question of whether or not I should get a physical book or the Kindle version…

  8. There is a sense of distance when you use Facebook to connect with family. Facebook is a surreal space, that lets you connect without actually being connected. I deleted all my social media somewhere around 8 years ago, but when I did have it, it actually made me feel farther from family and friends. People interact with your page individually, without ever talking to each other about anything. People comment or interact with things long after you posted them. It enhances the feeling of distance, rather than diminish it.

    I have an enormous family, with dozens of aunts and uncles, probably over a hundred cousins, and I don’t see most of them frequently. When I do see them, it is usually at family events like family reunions, weddings, or funerals, and there is a sense of closeness that having all these individuals together gives, even though I don’t actually know some of them very well. You talk about the last couple years in everyone’s lives, tell jokes, eat lots of food, and have a good time. None of that happens on Facebook. People hit a button to say they liked a picture, but you know it was probably obligatory and they don’t really care about those photos of a sunset or the snapshot of your dog. Almost no one actually says anything, and if they do it is a platitude. It is empty, artificial, and honestly made me feel sad.

    My family has gotten into the habit of creating giant text message groups, and periodically someone sends a message or some pictures to everyone. That starts a conversation for a day or two where people start actually talking to each other. Asking questions, having a conversation, making jokes, and actually interacting with each other. This is a far better simulation of the family get togethers that I am used to, and is far less artificial and surreal.

    I think there are better, less artificial, and less privacy invading ways to keep up with family. Group text messages work for my family, but there are also sites like Slack or Discord which are designed to let people talk to each other and are intended to encourage group interaction. Those might be better alternatives.

  9. I use Instagram (owned by Facebook) to occasionally post some odd pic and stupid comment…usually while travelling. We got our first virus vac dose yesterday, and I posted a partial copy of the confirmation card they gave us. In the comment. I referred to the “Wuhan virus vaccination” (and something about turning into a newt). When it posted, there appeared a notice and link below it that said “For information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov.”. I’ve not seen such a thing before, and didn’t authorize the addition. Just another inch of Facebook’s nose under the tent, I guess.

  10. When I’m pestered by friends or family to join any social network (usually it’s Facebook or Instagram) because it will “make it easier for us to stay in touch”, my response is usually something like, “If our connection is so tenuous that the only way we can keep in touch is if we both sacrifice our privacy so that maintaining the connection requires the barest minimal effort, maybe our relationship isn’t all that valuable to either of us.” I’m not kidding, either. If just writing an e-mail (which is already a very low-effort option) is too much work to keep in touch, then perhaps we don’t need to be in touch.

    When my wife discovered by accident that the Pinterest app on her phone (in league with Google, of course) was eavesdropping on conversations and serving up content based on what it heard, that was the last straw for any social networking sites or apps in our home. This technology is prepping our society to accept constant monitoring and zero privacy, and based on the attitudes that most Gen Z’ers seem to have about such topics, I fear it’s working very, very well.

  11. When my techie friends were jumping on the bandwagon around 15 years ago, the peer pressure made them sound like they’d just joined a cult and I wasn’t going to be able to keep up on personal news without it. These people I had seen weekly for 15 years, and using f2f, phone and email seemed sufficient, especially as peer pressure makes me wary. Amazingly, phone, email, and poker nights still gave plenty of opportunity until family, health, and careers took bigger tolls. Later I was told I’d never get sales as a writer if I didn’t run an active FB and Twitter presence. I realized with other platforms that I lost too much time and energy chasing the tiger, so I have to regularly prune my consumption. Aside from bullying and groupthink, I just can’t afford the timesink.

    I don’t sell much, but I have that much time to work on my crafts. The addicts who get no validation without the FB or Twitter mobs are just sad, And I am so glad I’m not that desperate for the approval of people I don’t know.

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