It’s been a reoccurring theme in my head for years.  The Internet, Humanity’s greatest feat, and greatest downfall.  It brought the world together while simultaneously pushing us all apart.  With the rise of Facebook and other social media platforms in the early part of the 21st century (2000-2010) it seemed to be a dream, getting reconnected with long lost friends from yester-year.  But in all essence, Facebook is just that, a dream, a façade.  What you see on Facebook, isn’t real, its the cherry picked moments of everyone’s lives, you don’t see the truth, the “behind the scenes” of what really goes on in a person’s life.  People start to judge themselves on how many “friends” they have, and they judge their worth on how many people hit the “Like” button on their posts.

I take a look back on my life, being born in the late 70’s, when the internet wasn’t even a thing, and no one had a smartphone, hell, cell phones were barely even a thing back then.  We used to go outside, ride our bikes to our friends and knock on the front door to see if they were home, and if not, we rode our bikes back home.  Today, we just hop on our phones and text our friends, why go see them in person when you can chat with your thumbs.  I remember, at night, just before bed, I would turn on my bedside lamp and read a book for an hour and fall asleep.  Now I find myself up at 4am watching Tic Tok videos, or playing mindless simple games on my phone, and letting the time slip away.  I spend more time on Facebook in a day then I do actually doing anything productive.  It is this reason I am getting off Facebook and deleting Tic Tok and games from my phone.  I am taking a stand and taking back what would have been wasted hours seeing how “Wonderful” everyone else’s lives are.  I want to get back to my life.

So as of today, Sunday, March 28th, 2021, I say good by to Facebook.  Not only for it’s antisocial means, but because of the privacy risk, and the fact we are treated as a commodity.  Not only has Facebook wasted so much of my life in the last 2 decades, it has sold that time to the highest bidder.   Today tried to deleted all my posts, activities, and all but cleared out my account, save for a post about this exact article.  So if in future, you visit my Facebook page, you will see that I am not actively there, and why.

I will be leaving a few things on there though:  My Matthew Koster – Linux Systems Administrator page and my Revelnode Gaming page will remain active as well as Messenger, as this is how I communicate with a lot of friends and family.  But for all intensive purposes, Facebook is dead to me, you will no longer be able to post to my page, and I will no longer be sharing/creating posts myself.  Being in my 40’s, I am starting to learn how much I appreciate time, and how much I want to do things other than waste it.

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