Last year in my post ‘Masks‘, I wrote the following –
A form of disguise. It is an object that is frequently worn over or in front of the face to hide the identity of a person and by its own features to establish another being. This essential characteristic of hiding and revealing personalities or moods is common to all masks. As cultural objects they have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age and have been as varied in appearance as in their use and symbolism.
Today the most common mask is Facebook – yep – I said it – a new symbolism for the mask.
Facebook allows people to sit behind a computer – protected from others – allowing people to be something they are not – allowing people to be their true self.
Recent social changes in the United States – the revealing personalities behind the Facebook mask are now showing their true identity – some of the cultural objects.
Anger, Hatred, Belittling – it is easy to do when using the Facebook mask – easy to do because one is sitting behind a computer.
In today’s post, I write the following –
Over a year ago I wrote that post and over a year ago was the last time I logged into Facebook. I disliked what I was reading and what was being posted by my ‘friends’.
I understand Facebook allows people free expression. I also understand I have the right to not allow myself to be exposed to that free expression if I feel offended. So I stopped using Facebook.
Several months now, I started thinking about logging back into Facebook and making changes to my account. My Facebook account is my personal account and I want to be able to post about current activities in my life to my family and ‘true friends’. I was thinking about un-friending the other ‘friends’, those that I do not want to see in my timeline. Their anger, hatred and belittling they can have for others to read and see; I have a life to live and have no room for their feelings and thoughts. But I think to myself, “Is it okay to un-friend people just because I do not agree with them?” “How would I feel?” I do not want to upset others, but yet they upset me.
Do I let them know I am un-friending them or do I un-friend them silently with no announcement?
But then again, I think about the original reason I stopped using Facebook last year and with the current events in the United States, I think I should stay away. I fear and I assume there is a great deal of anger, hatred and belittling taking place these days on Facebook.
I keep putting off logging into Facebook, and I think to myself – there is a reason for that.
So until I am truly ready, if I am ever ready again – I decided I will stay away – I will continue my life without Facebook.
Besides WordPress is much friendlier.