I finally snapped. Sitting at my computer at 9:30 one chilly autumn evening, I realized that I had spent WAY too much time mindlessly scrolling through a sea of photos, and rants, and opinions, and articles full of clickbait.
This is it, I thought. I’ve had enough.
I swapped over to another tab, opened Google, and searched for “How to Quit Facebook.”
Ballsy, right? Facebook is literally everywhere. It’s how we sign in to other apps (hello Spotify, Soundcloud, Groupon, Zulily…), how we find services, how we keep in touch with loved ones and friends. It’s where we chronicle our lives. I’ve spent eleven years of my life on this platform, sharing snapshots of my life with anyone who cared to look. One of my favorite things to do is scroll back through my pictures, looking at what life was like eleven years ago, and see how far I’ve come. This is the positive side of Facebook. The nostalgia, the memories, the warm fuzzies that cheer you up when you’re feeling down.
But there are downsides, too.