A Thing of the Past … Facebook

A thing of the past. At least for me. Regular readers of this blog know that I often mention the concept of total well-being. The idea is that every day you should do, or experience, something which improves your mental fitness, physical fitness, fiscal fitness, and spiritual fitness. While everything you do doesn’t necessarily have to support one of the endeavors, most things should, and for those that don’t, you might take the time to periodically question their value. That has been the case recently for me as it relates to Facebook, the most widely used social media platform.

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Staying Connected and Reconnecting

Facebook can serve as a means to stay, or reconnect, with family and friends. While it can be interesting to see vacation pictures or get updates from family members and old high school friends, it wasn’t that interesting. The reality is that I spent very little time on my main Facebook page. The main reason I used Facebook was to use it as another outlet for this blog. The majority of my time was spent on the RetirementSavvy ‘website/business’ page, which requires a regular Facebook account/page to be established. On that page I typically shared posts from this blog, as well as links to other finance related material from other sources.

The Dumbing Down of America

It’s rare that I have had the pleasure of participating in thought provoking, courteous discussions about the topic of the day on the platform. Too often it is simply people expressing, with a lot of vitriol, the first thing that comes to their mind – canned talking points from their favorite news source(s) it seems – with little thought about how others might be impacted by their words, and I’m certain, very little reflection after the fact.

At the end of the day, Facebook does not contribute to my mental, physical, fiscal, or spiritual well-being; or provide any type of enlightenment. In fact, it seems to me that the social media platform is a significant contributor to the dumbing down of America. Rather than visiting the site a few times a day, using it as a source to maintain superficial relationships, and occasionally being exposed to idiotic and vitriolic comments, I have determined that my time would be better spent elsewhere, doing other things.

Excuse me as I head out for an early morning bike ride. Be well, my friends.

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Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.

12 Comments

  1. I’m oblivious to pretty much all social media and why people obsess with it, which comes as pretty weird considering my younger age for most people. I never check my Facebook, haven’t logged into my account this year and even gave up posting my blog posts on it. I never understood commenting on posts or forums either, why do people care about what I have to say? I suppose the PF world has opened my eyes to people I do like to chat with though. When it comes to twitter, it always feels like you put me to shame. I always appreciate your tweets though, thanks. Social media has never been my thing.

    • In general I’m not a fan of the various social media platforms; however, they can serve as a valuable too for supporting the work done on the blog. If I didn’t run this blog, I doubt very seriously if I would be engaged on any of the platforms.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, my friend.

  2. Preach, James! I left Facebook over 2 years ago and have missed it for exactly 0 minutes ever since. My life hasn’t suffered at all; quite the opposite actually. I don’t miss out on breaking news or family updates or anything of value.

    For me the site was contributing far more negativity than positivity into my life, so I left. I also ditched Instagram. Today the only social site I use is Twitter.

    • “For me the site was contributing far more negativity than positivity into my life … .” Indeed. I don’t see any situation that would give me reason to consider going back. Too many other things to do and other ways to communicate with those I desire to have in my life.

  3. I can’t express my sentiments for FB any better than any of the other comments on here, James. So I will just join them in their distain for this generally pointless interruption to the day and agree that the content found on most PF blogs beats FB hands down. Cheers everyone

    • ” … the content found on most PF blogs beats FB hands down.”
      So very true. Certainly a lot better chance to improve your fiscal and mental well-being when you engage with PF blogs and bloggers.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, my friend.

  4. I still have my FB account but I get on for five minutes every week or two and then get the heck out. The negativity is overwhelming. But the thing I detest most is the way people talk about and flaunt their children. I don’t have children – but having been a child myself – as a teenager I would have absolutely gone off the rails at my parents had they been writing about me and posting photos of me on line. It never would have happened even if we did have internet back then, because my parents were very good at protecting and respecting the privacy of their children.

    • “The negativity is overwhelming.” That pretty much sums up my experience. At the end of the day, I found that FB doesn’t generate many positive experiences; it doesn’t add any real value to my life.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, my friend.

  5. I deactivated my mother’s page (at her request) last week, those were thoughts as well. It does add any value to life.

    I’ve made a few pretty strong (& lasting) connections via Facebook, however the initial connection was through blogging. While I’ve maintained a personal blog, many of the folks that I’ve met have not but I still have an interest in keeping up with them. That is the only reason I keep my FB account open and I only access it via the web, no mobile apps installed on my device(s). This is my second “tour” of FB having deleted (& stayed away) for more than a few years the first time, only returning to join a very strong group page. My friends list is small at 200 ppl and I plan on dropping it down to 100, at this point no (more) new friends.

    • I know exactly where you’re coming from. I deactivated my mother’s account a few years ago … only to reactivate it a few months back. This time around she has limited her number of contacts and really just uses it as a means to follow her brothers; and help to maintain contact with a few friends and grandkids. Like you, this was my second tour of FB after giving it a break for a couple of years. I doubt very seriously if there will be a third tour. I maintain contact with those I care to via other mediums (email, twitter, this blog, messaging, etc.) and those that engaged with me on FB know how to reach out to me via one of those other mediums if they so desire.

      Thanks for stopping by, my friend and sharing your thoughts and experiences.

  6. So true James! I am amazed at what people think is interesting on FB. I have quit looking other than about once a week. I also “block” (but stay friends with) people who post negative things. One of my “friends” posted details of an illness (stomach bug) the other day. I have NO IDEA what possessed the person to do that. I much prefer the exchanges in PF forums. Nice post!

    • The love of FB really is lost on me. As I noted, it can serve as a (limited) tool to maintain contact with friends and family; however, it seems to me that too many people spend too much time on the platform and it is a poor medium for the exchange of thoughts and ideas.

      Thanks for stopping and sharing your thoughts, my friend.

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