I know how this is article is going to come across to some and I am okay if I sound like a pissed off millennial shaking her fist at the clouds. I think it’s time to reevaluate the importance of the Zuckerberg empire (and all social media) to our every day lives.
During the great Facebook blackout of 2021, it felt oddly calm. The day flowed better, I got to spend the entire day not reading about people throwing a ‘White Chicks’ style bitch fit. And all felt right in the world at least for those few hours.
And now to show my old age, I remember the days of Myspace. No matter what, if you created an account, you would already have one friend. And chances that is one more friend than some people have in real life. But that site taught us how to code, how to have fun with others, that site was honestly one of the best places on the internet. But then Mark Zuckerberg came along and ruined all of that.
Originally Facebook was just a place for people in school to keep in contact with each other and it worked. You could poke someone, like a status, and share a photo or two. But over the years Facebook went from Harmless Pokes to straight up BDSM with our personal lives.
Facebook causes more harm than good. The division between people does not come from their everyday lives, it comes from our interactions on social media. These sites have become a breeding ground for hate rhetoric and it’s not going to let up anytime soon.
Cyber bullying to racism to homophobia to transphobia, Facebook is a like a buffet at the Westboro Baptist Church. And they could do something about it. But what is their course of action? Not a fucking this. And if we believe the whistleblower from the 60 minutes interview, the company is worried about people coming to the site.
Well, that is not a bad thing. Facebook and social media sites have become a necessity if you run a small business or are trying to promote something, and even that is harder now due to their bullshit algorithm.
Do I believe all social media is dangerous? To a degree, but none of them compared to the bullshit happening on Facebook. All Facebook is becoming is the toilet in a public bathroom that never gets flushed. But as with everything, eventually someone will flush that toilet. And the world will be better for it.
The main thing is if social media has you feeling down, depressed, sad, take a break. Just take a few days away or clean up your social media as Marie Kondo puts it, where it brings you joy. Because number of friends is not what it used to be.