It’s decided, I’m closing my Facebook account. And Instagram too (owned by Facebook).
At first, I was curious to see if these platforms would help be stay in touch with my friends and promote my photography work. A big NO on both counts.
The algorithms keep us caught in a vicious cycle: in order for our posts to be well positioned in newsfeeds, it is necessary to interact with other content and/or pay. Everything is calculated to make us spend a maximum amount of time on the platforms in order to absorb a maximum amount of adds.
The said adds correspond to our interests, creating a form of tunnel vision. Not to mention how personal data is collected and sold to other business. Some even claim Facebook’s lack of control on published content allows organizations to manipulate western democratic processes…
Be that as it may, despite all their “likes” and little hearts, Facebook and Instagram simply don’t bring me joy. I’ve decided to no longer waste another minute on them, life is too short!
In the next few days, I’ll be deleting all my posts, taking everyone off my friends list and closing my accounts. Many traces will inevitably remain, I knew that from the start. But at least I won’t be feeding the machine anymore.
I’m confidant I’ll find better ways to connect with my friends.
Stay in the loop
To follow my photo related activities, I suggest signing up to the newsletter I send 4 to 6 times a year. I’ll be sending one out soon with info on an upcoming exhibit, conference and publication.