Welp, here it is: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday all in one. As someone who used to give up chocolate for Lent, this always seems like a cruel joke. This year, though, I’m giving up Facebook. I gave it up last year to good effect. At the time I was stressing myself out on the daily howl of sensationalist headlines and name calling, so forty days of cold turkey were helpful towards rebalancing my peace of mind. And as a convenient side effect, it forced me to be more productive with my down time, which is how my writing was able to get some traction.

So I have high hopes.

I disabled the app on my phone- turns out there’s no such thing as deleting it anymore, which I guess goes to show that Facebook and other social media isn’t really optional anymore. It’s like gym class: you don’t have to participate, but they still make you go. I feel reasonably certain that just by invoking the ‘Facebook’ name that there is a server farm somewhere now tracking and storing my every move. I’ve no doubt flagged myself on some kind of watch list by disabling the app. The synchronized drones will start following me any day now.

Totes not paranoid, or anything.

At any rate, I’m making an effort to live life offline for the next few weeks.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 14, 2018.

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