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Commentary: Why I deleted my Facebook account: A personal decision that I don’t mind sharing!

Commentary: Why I deleted my Facebook account: A personal decision that I don’t mind sharing!
Youri Aramin Kemp, BA, MSc., CFM, AFA, ChE, is an Affiliate Editor of Caribbean Information Now and the CEO of KEMP GLOBAL, a administration consultancy agency based mostly in The Bahamas

By Youri A Kemp

Properly, Fb gave me the final straw that killed my camel final week. A Fox Information report confirmed me that not solely was Fb promoting my profile knowledge and private knowledge with out my consent to SCL and Cambridge Analytica, however my personal messages and different hidden private particulars have been additionally bought off to just about 100 different IT and knowledge assortment companies for them to do God is aware of what with and no assurances that my knowledge won’t be re-shared with fourth and fifth events.

That was it. I had sufficient. I can’t experience the Fb machine aka “The Nice Beast” any longer. I can’t help a platform that has been slowly however certainly displaying itself to be extra of a social most cancers and divider of individuals’s and cultures greater than it helps.

I’ve struggled with unplugging from The Nice Beast for fairly a while now. For the higher half of the final three-and-a-half years to be trustworthy. Nevertheless, throughout this final 2018, with the voluminous scandals enveloping Fb (Buzzfeed has an account of all the main ones), with extra scandals to return I can think about, I made a decision that maybe we should always set the beast apart till issues are usually not so blatantly Orwellian and dystopic with its Grasp’s use of it on us.

There’s all the time a “good excuse” or a “good purpose” to remain on, so that you Fb-fast for some time or so and are available again and get proper again to the illness as when you missed it.

However this time for me it’s greater than the essential “deactivation” of the account or a “logging off” for a number of months or a “altering of your password” till your quick is full.

No, no, noooo! That is full scale, exhausting on, chilly break DELETION of the account all collectively. To the purpose the place it took me almost two days to salvage of all the essential issues I may have later — principally footage and movies I’ve saved nowhere else — in an try to only get away from the beast to live on.

Pay attention: All the adverse stories, research on social media, notably Fb, having damaging results on attitudes, private behaviour and on psychological well being, can’t be improper.

Merely put: Maybe we weren’t meant to be so related to at least one one other? Some individuals are not meant to be related with, no matter your station in life or how good they seem and even are. Some individuals and/or issues are simply not value figuring out — pretend information and faux individuals!

For starters, the conversations over social media aren’t “conversations” anymore, in the event that they ever have been to be trustworthy. They’ve became expositions of individuals’s model of their private fact, which can don’t have anything to do together with your fact and even actuality altogether — very Trumpian!

This has led gross self-absorption and narcissism that if you revisit the film “The Satan’s Advocate” starring Al Pacino because the Satan and Keanu Reeves as his unwitting son, when Pacino utters the well-known line on the finish of the film: “Vainness, undoubtedly my favorite sin.”, you’ve gotten a deeper sense of how sneaky the lethal sin of vainness actually is.

Along with that, vainness leads us to all out lies and mistruths about who we’re, what we do, as if we live in a bubble and nobody else is aware of we aren’t what we are saying we’re.

I do know of individuals dwelling these fabulous lives with all the milk and honey on the planet whenever you see their social media posts, however most of them I do know for a reality are usually not dwelling that life; their youngsters are simply as common as anybody else’s youngsters; their household is as flawed as everybody else’s; they’re in debt as much as their eyeballs making an attempt to maintain up with the Jones’s; they haven’t seen their partner/lover at any time previous to their made for social media image; and doubtless won’t see them any time afterwards and in addition in all probability won’t see their side-lover both!

Oh, and your boss will in all probability come again to you when his/her new boy-toy/girl-toy rent loses his/her flavour they usually want ol’ tried and true you!

The contempt for it grew in me clearly, nevertheless it additionally frightened me. Not that I’m some paragon of advantage sitting on my celestial cloud above all the lesser mortals and sneering at their fallibilities, however I definitely don’t need to find yourself like a type of individuals who do any method of issues on social media for consideration.

For instance, I don’t need to find yourself like certainly one of our newer politicians in The Bahamas who made up an elaborate story about his rescue of tons of (lololol) of patrons at a pizzeria from an invading horde of machete and knife-wielding maniacs hell bent on homicide with their insatiable blood lust — solely to seek out out the dramatic rescue by “Senator Batman” didn’t occur the best way his re-telling stated it occurred.

Oh, sure! The story gave him a Fb like bump of exponential proportions, like one would obtain a bump of cocaine.

Senator Batman made “the established media” for his bravery on the account of his selfless acts and daring, nighttime rescue — I stated on the time, give him a medal and a chest to pin it on on the similar time (lololol).

However, alas, it was solely to be came upon a number of days later by an investigation executed by different individuals in “the established media” — together with a viewing of the surveillance footage and chatting with witnesses on the pizzeria on the time — that his story was not what he stated it was.

All of this, together with the lack of social interplay and private contact, is only one aspect of the difficulty. We have to talk about the hard-core, safety elements of social media and that of Fb.

Level clean: The trolls and stalkers/lurkers are dangerously scary individuals in addition to crazed lunatics. Perverse, nevertheless it takes every kind. Why can’t they only flip the laptop computer/telephone/PC/pill off, is past me? Maybe you could possibly inform me why that’s soooooooo onerous to some people who see issues on-line that they don’t like!

As somebody that ran for public workplace, the quantity of “ events” which might be simply ready to leap out of the bandwidth to verbally assault you in addition to meet you on the streets with their model of the election after the election, could be very troubling. (I’ve issues to this present day with those that hated what I advised them on-line even a lot previous to that… lololol….)

Additionally, not solely do some individuals not recognize or perceive the written phrase at occasions (which is what results in the arguments on prime of the narcissist not accepting their inaccuracies and leaning their “fact” is true even within the face of Google and Bing telling us in any other case from a easy search), however they comply with you residence at occasions and discover the place you’re to have the prolonged model of what they learn on-line — oh, sure, it occurs!

Along with the crazies making a safety menace in actual life, the safety points and lack of knowledge privateness to go together with it’s undoubtedly one thing a few of us knew might pose a danger as soon as we typed in our profile info. As an apart, none of my IT pals have a social media presence in any respect and in the event that they do it’s unpronounced or they’ve a pretend one.

However, we didn’t assume Fb can be promoting this to 3rd events with little to no monitoring of what the individuals who purchased our knowledge can be doing with the info and who else they might be giving it to.

All of that is topped off with the Fb algorithms force-feeding you propaganda and sponsored content material that you don’t care about, and fairly frankly what has grow to be very, very annoying when on repeat, is simply not good for anybody who loves and cherishes variety, and a really wealthy pool of data. (I assume we actually ought to get again to going to a library and studying extra books!)

When grilled by US regulators, and seeing how vapid they have been within the face of Grasp Zuck, it was apparent that Mark Zuckerberg and Co. had gotten away with probably the most dystopian, Orwellian 1984-esque crime of a lifetime. They usually did so not by drive, not by overt stealth, however they requested us to be our “associates” and requested us to be “pals” with everybody else we might. So, our innocence, ignorance of know-how, our want for connecting with different individuals, topped off by our narcissism, has brought on us willingly handy our lives and ourselves over to The Nice Beast!

Maybe the US regulator ignorance on show on nationwide tv was all pretend they usually knew higher and needed the beast to develop in measurement and proportion? Don’t act like it may possibly’t occur, once we are simply ten years faraway from the most important monetary Ponzi scheme the world ever noticed again in 2008 and that triggered the most important financial collapse on document, with a bubble deliberately constructed up from ten years previous to that with a number of US regulators discovered to be “too cozy” with the banksters (Sure, banksters! Not bankers. A word-mash of mobsters and bankers! Might be “bonksters” as properly, as a result of they positive did screw us roughly didn’t they?) they have been alleged to be monitoring and regulating.

Different sources like Google are not any higher both! A pal of mine confirmed me an app that’s hooked up to Google Earth that exhibits you inside of individuals’s houses and businesses- One image she confirmed me was a stay shot of the within of a physician’s workplace and the analyzing desk.

Google has been underneath investigation together with Fb for a similar points of knowledge privateness and safety too, simply that Google works instantly with the federal government and intelligence communities and Fb simply sells your knowledge to who has the cash to purchase! (Talking which, I’m in all probability going to delete my gloriously helpful Google+ account *giggles* and in addition the Fb owned Instagram account as nicely, as a result of I’m simply not that sort of photogenic-whore or nosy-nelly that cares a lot about your final meal or new footwear or the place you spend your weekends…. Actually!)

No, I do NOT need you to know I’ve an appointment on the dentist, once I go to my girlfriend at eight pm each night, why I choose soccer over basketball and I don’t need you to know once I go the place I’m going, to whom and for what cause! These aren’t crimes, however it’s simply none of your rattling enterprise!

On that observe, the opposite little bit of rationale to ditching The Nice Beast that trumps all else is that: F-F-F-Overlook what anybody says about this, that, oh be robust minded, or keep related, or they’ll do that, that or the third another means, and so forth, and so on… Reserve it!

Whereas Fb has helped an incredible deal to place individuals out within the forefront (like me) that might in any other case have to kiss the golden buttocks of the “media elites” *rolls eyes*, from publishers to editors and producers (together with me, however my butt is nice to the style if I’ll say so) and naturally it does have its place in promoting and advertising of smaller manufacturers on a smaller price range, on the finish of the day we will do all of that with out my private info on the road; and with that, it’s a private option to unplug now and re-calibrate second, notably if we determine to interact once more.

However precisely how we determine to interact once more and use this clearly and overtly intrusive and more and more harmful medium earlier than we do extra injury to ourselves and group, friendships and household.