By Jamie Busby - Staff Author
This is not my first dance with the Devil that is Facebook. I'm a fierce critic and will discuss that further in this article. In fact, I'm no fan of "social media" full stop; it seems unnatural and the cause of numerous social problems, something of a contradiction in terms there eh?!
Us humans are social creatures, it's built in to us to want to be part of something and mix with others. To varying degrees. Facebook and the like straddle a fine line between offering the ability to keep in touch with genuine friends and family that may be difficult any other way. The downside is all the shit they hurl at you to detract from those limited positive aspects.
On my Facebook account I had about 200 "friends". I had met less than half of them in the flesh and had regular contact with a maximum of 10 (5%) of them via Facebook itself. How does this stack up against your experience? I'm not a lonely person but it could be seen that Facebook and other social media are the modern way of not feeling alone, even though you actually might be. In my case, it was all a bit pointless. All I need is WhatsApp and your mobile phone number; Sorted.
I will go so far to say that Facebook is nothing but a malevolent distraction and a tragic waste of your time. Not to mention an evil mind-control machine used for our exploitation by the Deep State. This is no exaggeration, they're a shower of scumbags.
As of October 2018, Facebook had almost 2.3 BILLION users. This means that roughly 30% of the population of the entire WORLD is active and has an account. To me, that's crazy, but it proves that Facebook has somehow snared and maintained a vice-like grip on a quite ridiculous number of people.
Time to look at how this has happened and some very legitimate, simple reasons why you should seriously consider taking that leap of faith and deleting your account ASAP.
How much time do you spend on Facebook? Be honest, then think about it. Does it feel like too much? Chances are it will and trust me, you're not alone.
Did you know that from it's very inception, Facebook was designed to purposely create addiction to it? Nowadays, they actually employ what are eloquently referred to as "Attention Engineers". Their remit is to make the platform as addictive as possible. They use well known psychological techniques, most of which taken from those used by casinos to create compulsive gamblers. Wonderful job title, held by utter pieces of shite.
What kind of company and people consider this okay? One run by arseholes using the masses as a form of generating insane revenues is the answer. We are all part of "the masses", so does this offend you? That you're being used in this way? Because it pisses me off.
As human beings, we are psychologically vulnerable to certain things. One of these just happens to be related to the reward centre in our brain. Facebook has always targeted this weakness, one of it's main functions being the following;
WRITE A POST - RECEIVE LIKES AND COMMENTS - GET A DOPAMINE HIT - REPEAT...
This is effectively getting a high from telling people what you had for dinner,etc... When we receive social validation, be it in real life or on Facebook, the high is addictive, thus leading to repeated postings. It's that simple and keeps us "using".
And it's all by design, the bastards... Why? To keep you online, thus exposing you to more advertisements, which just happen to be their major revenue source.
Have you ever looked on Facebook and seen all your so-called "friends" and their seemingly perfect lives? And felt like you want to kill them... Only joking, of course, but we are all susceptible to seeing the grass as being greener for others.
I know some particularly miserable people who portrayed themselves on Facebook as living the life of everyone's dreams.
The truth is that they're making up for their own shortcomings by projecting an image of awesomeness...
Many people will feel pangs of envy and reflect on their own life and how crap it is in comparison. Most don't realise it's just a load of shit thrown on their profile by someone who may well be extremely insecure and have no sense of self-worth. Facebook allows them to fake it. But sadly not until they make it.
People who create a kind of "online persona" have been shown to actually suffer from low self-esteem which in turn can lead to mental health issues. Much of it's fuelled by seeing OTHERS like them projecting a similar made-up version of themselves. It's a self-perpetuating cycle that nobody can win or get out of. Unless you get rid of Facebook.
FACT: Facebook will NOT make you feel better about yourself if you have any insecurities whatsoever, and we all do.
Politics has come to the forefront of our lives in recent years, arguably more than any other time in history. This has led to more and more division in society globally. I partly blame Facebook and other social media platforms. Let me explain.
Controversial posts tend to be the most "popular" on Facebook. What people wouldn't dare say to others in person is not a problem when they're hidden away behind their keyboard. People become braver and make their views known, and with more passion also. This is picked up by Facebook's algorithm and will push you further in the direction you started at.
Another word for this is "brainwashing". They are literally creating extremists out of sensible, rational people. And this forces people further apart than they already were, when perhaps a middle ground may have been attainable. Not any more, everyone seems to fucking hate anyone who doesn't agree with them. Facebook is responsible for this dynamic.
A less inflammatory term for this would be "Behavioural Modification" and Facebook has created an empire based on that. But let's call a spade a spade, it's brainwashing.
In the early days of the Internet, platforms and services were offered as free with advertising picking up the tab for providers. This actually gave rise to the birth of SPAM as we still know it. A bombardment of relevant or irrelevant adverts has now become streamlined due to the fact that Facebook knows more about most of us than our own Mother's...
We are effectively in the palm of Zuckerberg & co's dirty hands and are shown what THEY decide on a whim, dependent on what they want us to believe. Be it "Fake News", political mumbo jumbo or product/service marketing, we have no choice to what we're exposed to and no idea if it's true or not.
FACT: Facebook has an agenda; if you look at your own Facebook feed closely, you will see it. It is to divide and conquer, depending on your leanings that it's learnt from your online activity. Creepy stuff.
Waste of Time
Somewhat related to addiction, time is easily lost spent surfing the vitriolic pages of Facebook. It's meant to be like that, they'd have us all on their 24 hours a day if they could. Facebook wants to rule the virtual world and who would argue that it already doesn't?
The more time you spend on Facebook and other social media, the less efficient use you can make of your time. Sounds obvious, but most have forgotten that time spent on Facebook is largely pointless and completely wasted, with exceptions of course.
Facebook can stress you out in a multitude of ways, we've touched on this but only the tip of the iceberg. This itself will also result in being less productive in your "real" life as well as putting you in a crappy mood because someone said something stupid on their timeline or in a group you're part of. More trouble than it's worth?...
Everything that's part of real life can be negatively affected with ease by Facebook. We have already discussed self-image and self-esteem but I'm talking about every aspect of your life.
Studies have demonstrated that there is a distinct connection linking MORE Facebook/social media use with LESS happiness. It's not only mental health that will be affected, the knock-on effect will be your physical health. Tiredness, lethargy, cold-like symptoms; these are all related to a reduction in your sense of wellbeing. Facebook will literally suck the very life force out of you.
Research shows that Google searches for phrases such as "Delete Facebook" have a 97% correlation with search phrases regarding "being happy". I rest my case.
If used with full knowledge of what it truly is, Facebook can be a free and helpful way of keeping in touch with people and using IT instead of it using YOU. However, it's purposely designed to make that very difficult, those who construct it know how to manipulate our very nature and psychology.
However, I don't think this article will fall on deaf ears as Facebook has already begun to show signs that it's not the Goliath it once was. These are testing times. It's market share in the social media sector has fallen from 76% to 66% in the last year, it's clear people are doing exactly what I'm suggesting in this article; DELETE!
It may well be that crunch time is approaching for the social media giant. A point where it needs to change how it does everything or risk losing it's monopoly over the rest of the market. This wouldn't be a bad thing for anyone except Zuckerberg and his precious shareholders. Facebook has clearly caused enough damage already.
I would have no sympathy if it were to collapse. Who knows, in a few short years time we may well be saying "Do you remember Facebook?" to each other.
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