The EFF has released a guide on how to wean yourself off Facebook entitled “How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends.” If you’re tired of being assimilated by the Zuckerborg, you may want to check it out.
Here’s a bit from their announcement, in which they discuss the dialectic of Facebook, that is, that persons keep using it even though they’ve come to loathe it:
Both Facebook and its critics have an explanation for this seeming paradox: people use Facebook even though they don’t like it because it’s so compelling. For some critics, this is proof that Facebook has perfected an “addictive technology” with techniques like “dopamine loops.” Facebook is rather fond of this critique, as it integrates neatly with Facebook’s pitch to advertisers: “We are so good at manipulating our users that we can help you sell anything.”
We think there’s a different explanation: disgruntled Facebook users keep using the service because they don’t want to leave behind their friends, family, communities and customers.
Yesterday, I was on the phone with a representative of a local service company arranging for a routine service call. Somehow, the small talk turned to “social” media. The person on the other end of the line said (I’m paraphrasing here), “I canceled my Facebook account. I was afraid that I would feel less connected, but actually I feel more connected . . . .”