In this post, I talked about how I barely use Facebook, because I un-followed everyone, and I no longer can see status updates.
But I’m still on Facebook.
It turns out, Facebook tries to be everything to everyone. Surprised, right? Facebook Live, Facebook Groups, Facebook Messenger, Facebook News, Facebook Friends, Facebook Games, Facebook Business. It’s as though Zuckerberg wants us to live in his online space.
So I just use Facebook like we used to: to keep up with people and get in touch.
And thanks to all of the extra apps, I don’t even have to get on Facebook itself. If I want to get ahold of someone, I can used Messenger. If I want to keep up with the communities I’m a part of, I just open the Facebook Groups App. If one of my friends had a baby, I see it on Instagram. It’s a whole lot less stressful, time consuming, and really, it takes me back to 2008 when I first opened an account. Except there’s still no flair.
There’s a group of people who, though culture tells them the only way to stay connected is to visit their online platforms every day, are leaving places like Facebook for good. I’m not leaving for good; if you need to find me you can. But I think I found the best of both worlds.
I can find an old friend whose phone number has long since changed.
And I can set down my phone and be present when my daughter wants to play with me.
That, really, is more important than finding out which Disney character I would be.