He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing
-Frank Herbert – “Dune”
I got a notification recently that I’ve been on Facebook for 10 years. It reminded me how ubiquitous social media has become in that time.
It also reminded that me that I have not taken a complete break from social media in a decade.
Yes, there have been some ebbs and flows. A few days here and there. Sometimes only checking in once a day. And months at a time not viewing the Twitter newsfeed.
But never going fully dark.
Fear of missing out, mixed with a fear that no one will miss me.
The stream of social media carries on without us. People move in and out and the flow distracts us from their absence.
As I headed off on vacation, I deleted the apps from my phone. There is wi-fi so I chose to remove the temptation entirely.
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