After weighing the matter at some length, I deactivated my Facebook account a while ago. The downside is that some people with whom I’ve developed what I hope has been a mutually beneficial relationship probably will disappear from my daily life. That absence will leave a void and I will miss them. The upside is that the removal of Facebook will leave me in a more serene state of mind. Even though my level of activity on Facebook has diminished dramatically during the past month or two, I’ve allowed myself to watch its feed from time to time. And that has been as upsetting as always. By disappearing, at least for a while, I’ll reduce by an order of magnitude the troublesome frenzy of Facebook nonsense. I’ve done this in the past, but I’ve always informed people I was doing it. I don’t know why I told them. It’s not as if most people care whether I’m on FB or not; but I suppose I believed they were paying more attention to me than I to them. They weren’t. Some may notice my absence and, if it’s sufficiently interesting, they can find me. Others won’t. And that’s fine, too. I follow others on their blogs, etc., so it may be possible we can keep in touch without even realizing FB has gone by the wayside. We’ll see.
In the meantime, I think training myself to leave FB alone for a while will be valuable for me. I hope so. We’ll see.