Om Malik reminds all of us that being a part of Facebook’s empire is a choice. I “deactivated” my Facebook account years ago, but have continued to use Messenger and Instagram. I think it’s time for all of them to go — permanently. As Malik says, folks can come find me here.
I disagree with the company, and its leaders so much that I won’t spend any of my attention or energy on its platforms. My mother will have to actually call me on the phone. My friends will have to email me. And you will have to come to my homestead on the Internet to see my photos and visuals.
I have made my choice, and I encourage you to make yours.
Over a year ago, I decided to close my Facebook and Twitter accounts. It’s done wonders for my mental health. Browsing a heavily curated Instagram feed still feels mostly positive (concerns about Facebook as a company notwithstanding), but I don’t really contribute anymore.