A year ago I deleted my Facebook account. It was a sound decision and one not made in anger. There was no "I'm out of here!!" rant posted to my profile. I just quietly deleted my account and went on about living my life, quite happily in fact. Were there things I missed? Yes. I missed the photo updates about grand kids and great-nieces and great-nephews but we do see family and friends frequently enough that I was okay with it. My younger sister lives in Florida and we talk regularly on the phone or through text. She's still upset that I switched from an iPhone to Android thereby ending our Facetime chats. We had to switch to Duo which isn't as good in my opinion. But I digress.
In the year away I've come to realize just how Facebook connected the town has become. Local government, police and fire departments all have regularly updated Facebook pages. Most vital organizations for the town and the county maintain their Facebook pages and keep residents in the loop. Our town is small with 13,000 residents it's also the county seat. Salem County is the least populous county in all of New Jersey. For us and I'm sure other small towns Facebook makes sense.
Facebook has betrayed its users time and time again, yet the platform survives replacing old-school ways of getting information: newspapers, television news, conversations between townsfolk etc. This is a digital age and while the things Facebook has done over the years irritate me, I need to put it aside. If the Salem Sunbeam was still around, I'd be Facebook free. But newspapers have been struggling for years and in 2012 our beloved county paper merged with two other county newspapers. I understand the need for the merger but we cancelled our paper delivery when the merger happened.
I'll take each day on Facebook with a grain of salt and unfollow/unfriend anyone who wants to fill their timeline up with political bullshit whether it's Republican or Democrat. Everyone has the right to say and post what they want. I have the right to keep that nonsense as far from me as possible.
I remain positive and hold onto the knowledge that I can delete my account again if it becomes a cesspool.