So, it's already 2018 and what do you know... Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is under hot water for some serious allegation - data breach of its user. Apparently Zuckerberg policy allows him to sold off user information (est. 87 million people) to Trump. Geez, Zuckerberg... What a way to pave your own grave... Now, why wasn't I surprised about this? Oh wait - I know... Because a pretty similar incident had happened before. We all had been warned...
The year was 2013. Edward Snowden had copied and leaked some classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) without authorization. When he fled with the information in his flash drive, nobody takes notice. It was initially a one-man operation, but thanks to help from selective journalist - the whole wide world now knows his story. U.S government hail him as a traitor to their country, but I think the man did it to warn his fellow countryman of what's been happening under their noses. He warned people about what is happening, yet nobody seems to take notice. People still using social media to rants, sharing stuff they life, etc... But, not me.
I heard his voice and I'm a bit worried.
Because of Snowden action, I now know the danger of oversharing. He open my eyes on how dangerous it is to share your information (not only to people around you), but also on the internet. You know what they say, knowledge/information is power and don't Facebook know it. Which is why it hardly a surprise Facebook is in a deep sh*t right now.
Every year, I found the usage of Facebook in my daily life had become more pointless. I was never a big sharer IRL, but Facebook makes me want to share pictures, words, moods, quotes... whatever it is - on my page. I'm sure my reasoning to stick back then is the same like everyone else; posted my pic, got few likes, they makes me happy. Rinse and repeat. It didn't make me rich per say (as it did with Facebook ads revenue), but it's enough to make me stay at the time. And so, on and on it went - for 5-fucking-years! It wasn't until early Mac 2018 that I decided - enough is enough. It's time for me to delete my page forever.
Did I missed it? Not even for a bit.
To tell you the truth, I always think how pointless all of these likes and comments I had received at this site. Not only did I think it was pointless, I also think it's boring. How many lives had been made miserable for the race of 'who got the most like' or 'who is the most popular?'. Anxiously sitting while waiting for some validation from strangers? Well, that doesn't sound like me. I don't care what people think. Their likes or comments means nothing so long as my mind is made up. I'm more of the 'be-whatever-u-want-to-be-and-fuck-all-the-rest' kind of girl. So, what the hell am I doing here? Funny enough, I have no answer for that.
So, I started using Facebook less and less. Once in a blue moon (after 4-5 months had passed), I'll posted something (usually a picture with littlest caption as possible) before becaming dormant again. While most of people I know still getting sucked into Facebook, I wasn't. I'm not sure why, but I seemed to enjoy my own life more.
With the recent fall out in Facebook, I'll say I made a right call.
Funny to see people abandoning FB as soon as the data breach made into news. I'm sure Snowden, Mr. Robot, and many other outlets had warned them before about this. Would they listen? Nope. Everyone are either too addicted or too obsessed about themselves to care. So, what if Facebook mined your data a little... what you don't know wouldn't hurt you. Well now you know, don't you? Now you know that what you don't know, CAN and eventually WILL - kill you. I know it definitely had killed my trust on Facebook and probably more than a dozen social media out there.
Lately, I been enjoying my life (social media free) more than ever. I wiped off my info and pictures on FB (while actively deleting all of my pictures from Instagram) and never looked back. Everyday feel so much tranquil now, no race to who look the dopiest, or endless wanderlust photo's. Braggers, needy and narcissist - all be DAMNED. There wasn't such bullshit in my life; not anymore. Nowadays, I feel more relaxed, more settled. This is my 'new' normal - and I like it!