I deactivated my facebook account on 30 March 2018. There are a few reasons why:
I realize everyone with a product to sell wants to get it in front of as many people as they can. Sell! Sell! Sell! I get it. But the psychological manipulation, delving into what might really push this person over the edge -- to vote this way, to hate that group, to divide, to conquer -- that makes me want to pull away from all of it. I want to tell them they can't have me, that I'm no longer for sale.
Which brings me to that second item above. My facebook feed is full of authors I love to read, but it's also a stark reminder of what I'm not doing. I'm just not capable of performing several times a day like some authors can. So I withdraw and I watch and I feel like a failure because I can't be like them. I've deleted the facebook app before, but this time I didn't miss it. The pressure to perform is off.
What I'm going to do is push facebook off my plate and concentrate on other social media. I like Twitter because I can follow a hashtag and meet all kinds of new people -- something you can't do so easily on Facebook. Since Twitter moves so quickly, there's less pressure to be always on and producing something provocative. I'm OK with contributing to the conversation with a like or a retweet or the occasional reply. I'm OK with talking to strangers.
So good-bye, facebook. I'm not permanently deleting you, but I may someday. I won't link to you anymore from my website or my books. I will watch how you proceed with your privacy changes and impending federal investigations...but on Twitter.
Stay safe, everyone.
Missy Welsh writes gay, bi, and trans erotic m/m romance short stories, novellas, and novels.