I have been completely removed from Facebook for a full year. It has been the best year in recent memory. OBSERVATIONS:
1) I'm still "connected" to current events. I'm just not bombarded with a thousand "rage-bait" rants about it.
2) I'm still connected with everyone that matters. We've shared the responsibility of staying in touch. Sometimes it's on me to reach out, sometimes it's on them. The people who haven't kept up with me, were just a relationship of ceremony and convenience.
3) I'm substantially less depressed. Surprising no one, I guess. It didn't cure depression, but it alleviated that which it brought: A lot.
4) I'm still super social online. I have community here and a few other places. We do things together, and don't just try to whip ourselves into a fury.
5) I've gained a meaningful perspective: *MY* perspective. Getting away from the manipulative pieces of those social media sites has given me enough clarity to be, well... "me."
Six impossible things to believe before breakfast:
Having the government control your life will make you happier.
Beating up people with violent ideas will show them the error of their ways.
The Republicans are telling the truth.
The Democrats are telling the truth.
The police are your friends and will protect you.
The reason we have so much freedom is that we're at war everywhere.
@profispojka Every router should connect you to the internet through TOR. Every public wifi.
@thegibson You know, the thing that pisses me off the most?
It's not even Facebook lying about collecting that info and giving it to other companies.
It's the whole thing where people have been noticing weird shit going on with ads for the past decade, where everything's creepily accurate, and the whole thing where the whole fucking world was gaslit into "oh, no, it's just a coincidence that you got an ad about something you talked about in an unrelated private conversation"
Mass surveillance around the world is growing. We have to fight for our right to privacy and freedom of speech! Here we explain how any backdoor would lessen security for all of us: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-backdoor-is-a-security-risk