Back in March, the world was freaking out due to the Coronavirus. In a time where everything has an answer and information can be searched in an instant, it was difficult for many individuals to grasp the idea that there was no clear solution to this situation. With everyone on social media, it is quite easy to become lost in misinformation. This was and still is true today with the virus that is still running rampant. There was no worse hotspot of misinformation than Facebook and it got so bad that I decided to just get rid of it on my phone, and I am going to explain why.
Now before we go any further I want to acknowledge that I still have a Facebook account. I am not the type of person that deactivates an account or whatnot, mostly because I feel like that's too much of a hassle. The deletion of the Facebook app off my phone was not an instant process, it was slow and gradual with each passing day. I think I really started to get annoyed around mid-March where everyone was bickering about how long the virus would last. I remember seeing things like my cousin, a firefighter, going at it with someone else on Facebook about the importance of washing one's hands. I remember my aunt always commenting on something political in a long formed paragraph. And I especially remember my other cousin who would keep sharing and sharing more and more articles on the coronavirus with each passing hour.
Some criticism was valid, as one of my Facebook friends who didn't want anyone near her recent newborn in order to keep her safe. That makes sense, but even that got into more hysteria as posts soon turned to unofficial restraining orders. I could literally see everyone tearing away at each other and I decided I wasn't having it. So, I decided that if I really wanted to check up or post on Facebook, I can do it from my laptop. And I can gladly say it has helped a lot.
Instead of being constantly tempted to scroll through Facebook every hour, I now have a dedicated slot of time where I can just scroll real quick and look at everyone's shenanigans. The removal of the app off my phone has helped mentally as well, and I am willing to try it with other apps like Twitter. However, those endeavors will need more time and research because I use other social media apps more often than I use Facebook.
In conclusion, in a time where everyone keeps repeating "stay safe" or "in these trying times," it is always good to find escapism in life. However, just remember to not full down the rabbit hole of bickering and nagging. Also, make sure you fact check your posts, it really is super easy.