Dumping FB and Going back to Forums Only?

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    SMH77
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    Guys,

    Is there anyone here who, like me, is in the brink of dumping ‘social media’ (specifically FaceBook) altogether?  Since I’ve returned to forums, I find they provide the level of ‘social’ interaction I enjoy, the shared knowledge that I am looking for, and yet a separation from all the political / contentious BS that I hate about our modern, ‘snowflake’ society that’s being influenced by FB, Soros, etc.  I’ve been on the verge of dumping FB for a while now, and am really looking into finding a way to ‘purge’ my existance there, but it seems hard to do cleanly.  I guess I just don’t like where it’s going, and knowing that the ‘left’ has a ‘personality profile’ on me that I’m willingly building for them.  Call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever, but I am growing more and more concerned that the FB profiles will eventually be a ‘too convenient’ way of sorting through personalities to find who will be a target for whatever the ‘left’ tries to do in the future.  I hate that Zuck has access and control over the info, and has been working with the FBI to share information freely.  Add to that YouTube is now increasingly censoring conservative ideas (Prager University videos, airgun and hunting videos, etc) and this is becoming the society our forefathers were trying to protect us from when they formed this country.

    Anyway, sorry for the long ramble.  Anyone else consider (or completed) the FB dump?  How did you delete everything?  I’m so tired of the stress from social media and so refreshed for the simple community life of forums that I’m really considering making the permanent move…

    Sean

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    intenseaty22
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    Me. I’m still on there, but barely use it. I used to go on there and post all the time with political memes aimed at Libs, but one day I realized, it doesn’t really matter. People just get all worked up, and no one really says: Oh, yeah, you got a point. 
    So, I scroll through, very little, and anytime I see a Lib post, I “unfollow” the person, until all I have left is true friends and family. 
    And like you, this is now my social media of choice. May join others of interest as I see fit. 
    What is really needed is a conservative based group with deep pockets to establish their own media circles a-la FB, YouTube, etc. 

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    John_in_Ma
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    I was locked out of my account a few days ago because of my name. John Jonny Taco Eroh. They don’t like it and want me to send them a picture of my license or other form of gov’t issued picture ID to confirm my identity. They promise to delete all information taken from the ID once my info is confirmed. I’m not buying it. So no more FB for me, they can suck a fat one.

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    SMH77
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    Yeah, I guess it just grates me the wrong way that Libs are running all these ‘tools’ and filtering / censoring any speech they don’t agree with, and promoting every foul behavior they want to promote-and making our society crumble in the process.  I’m to the point where, if society crumbles around me (morally), I’m actually ok not knowing it happened, and maintaining my character and accountability before God, and being left to appear like I’m ‘out of touch’ with modern society.  That’s fine with me, because one day I will stand before a Holy God and not a foul ‘CNN’ or whatever other ‘court of public opinion’ seems to run this world.

    So I’ve started today.  I’m first changing all my security settings on my FB account to only allow people in my friend list to see my, follow me, etc.  I’ve found a way to ‘untag’ myself from all posts that someone else has tagged me in over the past 10 years (only about 250 posts-no too bad actually).  I’ve then moved on to ‘unjoining’ a bunch of groups (including a bunch of shooting groups that just aren’t directly relevant to me-like long range centerfire groups).  Next: I’m going to remove everyone I know if ‘left’ or spews too much political BS.  Then I’m moving on to remove people I simply don’t see in person regularly.  If I get down to about 30-40 people-that’s probably just fine with me.

    Then I’ll reassess and while I reassess, I’ll find a way to unlike everything older than a certain date-that just goes to build a profile of who I am-don’t need that crap hanging around for the libs to label me.  If I still see no purpose, I’ll probably simply find a way to go the rest of the way, delete what remains, and shut it down permanently.  

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    intenseaty22
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    Just logged in to FB, requested to join “Kalibrgun Cricket Oweners” group. Will just bend it to my will, not theirs. 

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    Glem.Chally
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    I despise FB,  its voluntary data sharing with whoever is pulling the strings.  I’ve been off it for 5 years and haven’t missed a thing.  I fully support the dump SMH.

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    Bruce
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    I’m still on it because pf my grand kids and great grand kids.  Love seeing some of there mother puts on.
     

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    Glem.Chally
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    Thought of something to add here, all text that gets uploaded and all pictures that are uploaded to FB are instantly owned by FB and they can do what they want with them.

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    SMH77
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    “Bruce”I’m still on it because pf my grand kids and great grand kids.  Love seeing some of there mother puts on.

     

    
This is the only thing that keeps me from closing it entirely-keeping in contact with family across the US.  I thought long and hard the other day, then posted the letter below to all my ‘friends’ before cleaning house.  I went from 263 friends down to about 100 in the space of about 30 minutes, and felt much relief after doing so.  I could probably get that down even further if I wanted, but the people I kept, I actually ‘know’ and have real history with, or they are like minded (other members from my local airgun club, etc).

    Here’s the note I left, before severing ties with the majority of my ‘friends’:

    So after much thinking what to do with FB and social media in general, over a long time, I have finally decided the following: in my course to completely dump FB in its entirety (permanently), I am planning to take the intermediate step of cutting off all things that add stress to my FB experience. This includes pages that I have ‘liked’ (ones that post stuff I don’t want to see-regardless of how harmless, etc), leaving groups that I have no direct, daily interest in, and removing greater than 50% of the people in my ‘friends’ list. I’m posting this because the majority of the people who can we my status will soon not be able to, so to you, I am posting a cordial ‘goodbye’ and I wish you all the best in the future.People that will be removed include those I do not have a direct, real ‘history’ with on a personal basis, those that are (in my opinion) politically too far to my left, those who I simply don’t have a regular daily connection to, those who simply share too much stuff that’s emotionally charged (even if I completely agree with your point of view), and those that I simply just don’t know well enough to be sharing my life with on a regular basis. In short, I am trimming down my FB experience to a small core of people that I actually know, and agree with on a personal, spiritual, or interest-based level. I’m being open, up front, and honest about this-and transparent about why I’m cutting ties in a massive way, whether you agree or not doesn’t really trouble me.If you find that we are ‘no longer friends’, please know that I wish you no ill will, but have decided that FB has become more of a toxic place for me-increasingly so-over the past few years, and has only served to polarize relationships, and divide our society. I have felt that begin to influence my own heart as well, which I don’t want, and it’s been causing me to take my FB stress into my personal, daily life-a sign it’s time to move along with my life.On that note, it is clear that I will not be changing who I am based on popular culture, and my posts/comments are not ‘enlightening’ anyone who doesn’t view the world from my world view (as a Bible believing, God fearing, Christian, who is nowhere even remotely ‘perfect’ as viewed by scripture, and has zero interest in becoming a socially acceptable person according to our ever-fluid society’s standards-which seem to darken daily)-so in the end, seeing each other’s posts will simply cause further division and negative views of each other. It is for this reason that I am choosing to sever our FB relationship.So to everyone: it’s been (mostly) nice, and I wish you the best in life, and (Lord willing) beyond it (that part is between you and Jesus-so choose wisely while you still can).For those of you who end up still being friends with me: if I’ve upset you and you want to dump me-that’s cool too. I get it-no problem. No Ill-will taken.If, after a while of trying this ‘contracted FB existence’ I decide FB is still too stressful or otherwise objectionable, I will say a final ‘goodbye’ and dump the whole thing completely. Sorry for the long post, and thanks for understanding. God bless you ALL.Sincerely, Sean”

    As of right now, I will see how things go with my closer knit circle of family and friends.  In the interim, I’m going to see how I can start deleting old ‘likes’, comments, etc that are older than a certain age.  In my opinion, these things only serve to create a ‘profile’ by male-intents down the road, and there really is no good to the information hanging around.  

    Sean

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    SMH77
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    “Glem.Chally”Thought of something to add here, all text that gets uploaded and all pictures that are uploaded to FB are instantly owned by FB and they can do what they want with them.

    
Yep, and that troubles me more than just a little bit.  I haven’t said anything bad, but could easily be labeled as someone ‘non-liberal’ by FB, the government, or anyone else who mined the data.  As a Christian, I know the day when persecution will seek me out is not far away-I don’t intend to invite it or make it any easier for those who would be aggressive to me, to seek me out.  As such, I plan to start deleting ‘likes’,  ‘shares’, ‘comments’, etc that are older and start moving to the latest content next.  It’s going to take a while, but I plan to do it or find some ‘semi-automated’ meands of doing so.

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    SMH77
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    It looks like my post and genera concerns without FB seems to have occurred at the same time we see another social media giant exercising political discrimination (YouTube).  While I ‘contracted’ my Social media presence considerably this week, I also think the time is growing near when FB starts to shut down content it doesn’t like, so I started looking up alternatives to FB tonight and came across an article listing several alternatives, along with their prs and cons.  Here’s the article: https://alternativeto.net/software/facebook/

    To me, given the censoring issue that YT just brought to light this past week, it looks like ‘Minds’ May be a safe and effective alternative to FB and YouTube.  Any thoughts?

    I think this may be a good landing spot for airgun clubs and their members since there is no censoring of content.  But after my experience (personal) with FB, I don’t think I want to leave any more digital footprints on the web…

    Sean

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    socaloldman
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    Hmmm, I was on FB once years ago.  Decided I’d try it.  Started filling out the required info and thought  this is to much BS for me.   Deleted everything and got a message from FB that said something like this.  If you continue and delete the account you will never ever be allowed back.   I was so damn happy when I finished the last delete.   I have to confess that I have looked at my wife’s account and seen stuff from relatives and it makes me happy each time to know I cannot participate….

    I know people waste hours daily on FB.  How do employers put up with that crap?  

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    rrdstarr
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    Count me in!  Social media has got to go!

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    spysir
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    Dont be stupid, if profiles bother you ( likely should ) you need to get off the Internet and Cell phone & really fear alexis et al.

    FB is just a platform, the correct programs will chart & log  everything you do online, everything this forum included.

    So are you really an indepentant thinker with great concern? Or, just washed up in social media?

    John

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    Jimborg
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    I call face book BRAGG BOOK !

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    Ascender
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    Just wanted to give a little feedback from the “other side”; I’ve considered dumping Facbook because i can’t escape the literal FLOOD of right-wing content that pours into my news feed just because I actually pay attention to the news. Last year, Facebook altered their algorythms to try to expose people to both sides of political issues, to combat the “thought bubble” syndrome that had been building up. Instead, what they accomplished was to swamp both sides with articles and posts from the most extreme polar opposite of their political beliefs, reinforcing both sides’ beliefs that the “other side” were a bunch of raving loonies. So, as much “liberal crap” as you all get exposed to, I get just as much conservative drivel forced on me.

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