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Some things that I have noticed since I quit :

- My family still loves me and still talks to me
- Old friends from high-school still talk to me
- Old friends from college still talk to me
- I still meet new people
- I still make new friends
- I still shop at local businesses
- I'm still aware of events in my community

Huh, it's almost like I never needed Facebook in the first place.

@adw I took this month off of FB. So far, the only thing that I've really missed is groups for various delivery jobs that I do. It's nice to know what's going locally to make more money.

Beyond that? World hasn't ended. :)

@adw question:
Do all your old friends have your number and address?
If not, how do they get a hold of you?

@Strit Phone number or email address mostly. A few people run messages through my parents or through my siblings. Some even write letters.

@adw lucky you. I dont have any numbers/email addresses for my old school friends. 😎

@Strit I had to do some work to make sure I had up to date information for everyone before I could do it.
Unfortunately delete Facebook isn't as easy as simply deleting Facebook. It took a couple of weeks and some phone calls to friends/relatives to really get myself to a place I could do it without potentially losing track of people.
But one positive aspect of this was I managed to reacquaint myself with friends who were not using Facebook thanks to other friends passing me their info.

@antonlopez @adw Yeah. Facebook has just been convenient while staying in touch. I dont think I will stay in touch "manually". To much work compared to gain.

@Strit @adw

Yes, it's obviously a different kind of connection. You see, Facebook (or any other social media) is just like reading the old mass emails to friends but disguised as status updates. So it's a very passive and standarized way of staying "in touch" (as unreal as that can get). It's a poor experience. I get a lot more out of a 5 min phone call than a month of social media.

@adw I learn more about my area through locally focused papers than I ever did on Facebook. Facebook sucks.

@adw Welcome to the Facebook Free Zone. It's glorious!

@adw That's good to know! I'm slowly reducing the time spend on facebook. I prefer to do it progressively to give time for myself and others to adapt. Doing good so far. Glad to know others are doing the same.

@adw
Some of the local associations of my neighborhood use Facebook as their only way of communication. Without a Facebook account, I struggle to keep informed about their activities. Did you find tools to mitigate this issue, something like Facebook pages to RSS feeds converters?

@adw Congrats! I quit Facebook years ago and have found my relationships have become stronger. The only downside has been a falling off with people I wouldn't bother to call, message, or email.

@adw
I've noticed that actually the most sociable people I know are rarely on facebook/twitter.

@adw

October, 2008. Bloke I was doing exams with:

— Are you on #Facebook?

— Nope, here's my #email.

— You should try Facebook.

— Nah, it's a daft idea.

Eleven years later, looks like I didn't miss anything.

@61
Glad you held out from the peer pressure. I was not so strong. 😐
@adw

@solarpunkgnome

I work on the basis of the billion flies theory.

@adw

@adw I think what this tells me is that I don't have any real friends.

@adw you can add observing facebook addiction from the outside rather than being a part of it

@adw @rick_777 glad that is true for you. Not so much for me. But the people I talk to less I guess I don’t need as much in my life. 🤷🏼‍♂️

@robert
It's interesting how technology aimed to enhance our social relations. Instead, we ended up creating a feudalism of friendships.

It's not just using a media platform to get in touch with our family and friends; it has to be a billionaire company, and you have to follow its terms.

(Even more worrying is the monopoly of email; do one thing wrong and you lose EVERYTHING.)

@adw

@rick_777 @adw it was interesting to me at first. Now I wonder the ethics behind it all. :-/

@robert @rick_777
I still think there is some use to social media (obviously, I use Mastodon after all), but I agree that there are some ethical concerns that come along with social media which are only compounded when money becomes involved.

@xj9 @adw facebook is like facepalm but you do it with a book :putin_smug:

@adw do you use something else to keep in touch with old/remote friends?

@valerauko Just the old classics of phone and email.

@adw I might nuke mine because it is useless. And it harms your freedom
@adw
Things I've noticed since quitting Facebook:

All those seemingly unimportant minutes of checking a timeline added up to a lot of time I now put to better use

@adw Dude! That is awesome that you had a great success in deleting Facebook! We need more stories like this!

@adw you're lucky, I know a ton of people that practically will only talk/plan over facebook. I got off Facebook anyway but it's resulted in a loss of utility.
@moonman @adw Man. I just get grilled time to time for not having it by family. If it's brought up in conversation my friends will think it weird I'm not on there.
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