After many years of using facebook as a social media and platform to share and learn about art, I’ve decided to quit using it. Lately I’ve felt it’s more limited, more commercial and less effective for artists trying to share work. I’m going to leave my page up until October 15th, then I’m deleting it.
My biggest fear is that I’ll lose touch with people who I’ve grown fond of over the years, who live in all corners of the world. But facebook isn’t the only way we can keep in touch.
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At least at this point, email is a pretty direct communication link, whereas, the social media is filtered through algorithms and commercial interests.
Personally, I often get sucked into a facebook black hole, following links, and the next thing I know it’s tomorrow. I try to limit my time on it, but when I’m bored, instead of reaching for a book or my artwork, I take a peek at facebook, then all my time and sometimes my sanity slips away.
And truth be told, I find a lot of what I read these days triggering for PTSD. I know a lot of people are feeling the same. It also makes me feel a bit powerless and ineffective.
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I know it’s easier to give feedback on facebook, which has always been a big plus for staying on it. I deeply appreciate all the care and good feedback I’ve gotten from my facebook friends. Also, the information, jokes and puns. I love the family pictures, and personal stories.
But I need my main focus to be my art. It’s such an important time for artists to be productive (but isn’t it always). My energy is limited by my disability, and I want to make the best use of my time. I’ll still promote my art shows on facebook through friends, but I won’t have a presence otherwise.
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And thanks so much for being my friend all these years.
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8 thoughts on “Quitting Facebook”
Hello Joy! I do understand your choice. I hope to be able to stay in touch with you.
Good luck with your art and writing!
Thank you, Ilona. I think it will make my engagement with other artists and writers more meaningful and less hurried. Thanks for your support.
I completely understand your feelings. I feel like Facebook has come to the point, that especially with fan pages, you have to pay to promote each post if you want anyone to even see it, which just doesn’t seem right to me. I will definitely continue to see your stuff here on WordPress!
Thanks Maranda! I always enjoy your blog. 🙂
Thank you Joy for sharing all you lovely, sometimes sad but usually optimistic, posts. I bought a poster of yours (And still she rises) for a friend with PTSD. She was delighted with it and had it framed. I will miss you
Love Ann Clinton
Thank you for sharing my art with your friend. I think that’s the best feeling, to know that my art has touched someone else who has had struggles in life. I’ll still keep the blog up, so if you are subscribed, you’ll keep seeing my work and writing. Warm regards.
At least we can still keep in touch. God bless you, Joy.
Thank you, Leandras.