How do you know if someone’s not on Facebook? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
Just like for those who have gone vegan or do CrossFit, not being on Facebook is surely meme-worthy by now?
Earlier this year, I quit Facebook. You should not do the same.
Around the same time, I also quit Messenger, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp. Partly as a result of reading Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism.
It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. I had put it off for years.
Do you feel exactly like me? Probably not. So you shouldn’t do the same.
I enjoy mentioning I’m not on Facebook.
It’s a novelty, given their 2.7 billion monthly active users.
My departure from LinkedIn raised no questions. That’s possibly because they operate in an alternate universe.
And while abstaining from Facebook raises a response along the lines of “throw your laptop away if you hate technology so much” or a more direct “just shut up”, I’ve found the response to WhatsApp more intriguing.
People tell me they struggle with WhatsApp too. That it brings benefits, at a cost. They’re involved in discussions of no interest to them, and mute conversations to escape the noise.
We should be questioning the tech we use.
What’s bringing us down? What isn’t working?
The answer to a tech problem is possibly a tech solution. How can those that brought us this technology ensure it makes our lives better, and not worse? It’s also a personal problem, in need of personal solutions.
So don’t quit Facebook. I’m not asking you to leave WhatsApp. Get all the value possible from LinkedIn.
I’m asking that you think about where you spend your time and energy, and find a set-up that works for you.