I'm not the only person thinking that. I asked Google, and got back 3,590,000 results.
Why would I ever want to quit Facebook?
I would miss being able to post pictures of my day lilies trying to teach us some life lessons.
Well, to tell the truth, nowadays when I get on Facebook, what I stare at is hate. Lots and lots of hate. Mainly from friends in the United States, but some from overseas.
People wishing harm on other people.
People saying things that would have gotten their mouths washed out with soap had they grown up in my Mom's apartment in the 1950's.
I feel like I am slowly being poisoned.
I am not talking about normal political discussion. I don't mind my Facebook friends being of different political persuasions. What I do mind is the tone this discussion has taken on in the past few months. Yes, we in America are scared, are frustrated, and are looking for answers. I get all that. I am frustrated and looking for answers, too. And, I am scared of various directions my country, and its citizens, are taking.
I visited with some of my spouse's cousins the other day. They have different political beliefs from my spouse and me. But they are willing to listen and to ask questions, to find out where the other person is coming from. One gave me some advice, and recommended I go through my timeline, and hide the posts that make me feel the way I do.
For some, it will need more than hiding. So far, I've blocked one person (several months ago - almost every post one of pure hate) and am seriously thinking of blocking a couple of more.
It's a shame. What is happening on my timeline makes me think that I am now interacting with strangers.
I like some of these people who do these postings. I know they aren't evil. Perhaps a form of temporary insanity has taken over. I don't want to give Facebook up, I tell myself, over that.
I get a lot of news from Facebook. Remember Friday's post, where I blogged about a young cousin of my spouse's? I found out about his birth on Facebook. Earlier this week, I found out the mother of someone I had known here locally (she has since moved) had passed away.
I found out a relative lost his job recently on Facebook.
I found out about Munich and Orlando from Facebook.
I find, more and more, businesses are on Facebook and don't update websites. I depend on Facebook for farmers market happenings and more.
A lot of my blogging contacts come via Facebook. The challenges I occasionally participate in require membership in Facebook.
These day lilies are not your usual lilies. But they co exist with the lily above, and the lily below.
Wishful thinking for a perfect world. But maybe not. This lily, showing its beautiful peach color, teaches us a lesson:
Life is too short. Give life everything you have, and don't waste the time allotted you.
So this is my decision: Life really is too short to read my timeline without massive hiding of posts, although I may try it starting today.
What I have decided to do is mainly concentrate on some special interest groups (music, crocheting, blogging) I belong to. I may not spend much time on my timeline. I will look for DMs, though, in case someone wants to contact me.
We'll see how it goes.
How do you feel about Facebook?