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Facebook addiction

How did we get to this place? Some of us have this urge to connect with others through social media. We are addicted to our smart phones, tablets and computers. Social media addiction is the driving desire to tune in to the noise of humanity. We are addicted to being instantly connected to the rest of the world. Ok, the entire world is not connected to social media because there are a lot of folks who are too poor to afford Internet access and the toys to access it. If you are like me, you are one of millions of people who have become addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, Youtube and other platforms like them.

I have been increasingly addicted to social media. After all, that is where all of my friends live from all over the U.S. It has been said that people join Facebook for that very reason. To connect with long lost friends and family that are also online. What better way to keep up with your friends and family. If we could do only that maybe it would not be so bad. The problem is that you not only keep up with the happenings in their world but you also hear about their opinions on a variety of topics including religion and politics. You hear about it from your friends and all of their friends as well. At the work place they say that religion and politics is not a good subject matter. We are passionate about those topics and before you know it conversations get tense and feelings get hurt. Work relationships become strained and work productivity suffers. I have lost track on how many heated debates I have read about with regards to religion and politics on Facebook.

Facebook is and always has been a very easy app to use. How many people access Facebook via a smart phone or tablet? The better question would be to ask how many people do you know that do NOT access social media while they are on the go. We check our Facebook newsfeed while we are sitting in traffic or eating at a restaurant. We check it while we are in the restroom or when we are talking to our real life friends sitting right in front of us. We check our newsfeed while we are in bed before we go to sleep. How long can we go without being connected? When I am busy at work I probably check Facebook while I am eating at my desk. I check it early in the morning and then if there is nothing good on TV I will spend hours browsing my newsfeed and responding to posts. Oh and lets not forget the memes. We have to read and forward all of the cute memes that we can find.

I believe that we are too connected. I remember a time when you did not know about something happening on the other side of the world unless you read it in a newspaper or saw a story on the news. We consume way too much tragedy on a daily basis. There is too much death and destruction and we have a front seat to all of it. We have been desensitized to the horror of it all. I bet Hollywood is struggling to raise the bar on how much horror it will take to keep us interested.

Having said all of that I have decided I am sick of the negativity and irritation it brings. Life is too short to focus on all of that garbage. No, it is not all garbage but a good majority of it is. There are those of us that also are painfully aware of the glaring privacy issues. Just recently Facebook users were told about 50 million people having their data harvested to be used by a data company for the 2016 election. There is no expectation of privacy on Facebook. If you put it on their platform it is theres to do with however they please. Maybe you did not know that. Maybe you chose to give them what you give them in exchange for some mind candy. If you do not want Facebook sharing all of your information with others you have to stop putting on their system. You also have to go into your privacy settings and decide whom you want to see your information. You have to manually lock it down and you have to keep looking at it on a monthly basis. Facebook loves to tinker under the hood and change things without telling us anything.

Now I will have to find other things to consume my time. I am thinking that blogging and reading books will be a good start. I am going to write about things that interest me. I have a couple of books that i have checked out of the local library to read. Yes, that is what I am going to do.

What about you dear reader. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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