I have deactivated my Facebook account.
Mind you, I like Facebook. I live halfway across the country from my family and many of my friends. I'm not good at staying communicative, but it is a good way to see they're ok and wishing them a happy birthday, share pictures of Conan and see their pictures.
I also love what most people think they don't like. It shows me news from the sites I like about the news I'm most likely to be interested in.
That sounds like me favoring my echo chamber, but honestly, I'm mostly tired of hearing about politics at all. I think our system for electing our government in this country is close to broken. I think it has been for a while, but this election is certainly putting a fine point on much of it. I'm good with participating, but the constant jabber over it does cause me a lot of unnecessary stress.
Oddly, I took a break from writing this to find this, Have an Opinion About Bernie Sanders? Or Hillary Clinton? Or Donald Trump? Just Shut Up. by Neal Pollack. So, I'm not the only one there. I'm not endorsing everything said there per se, but it's good to see someone else on the same page.
But, when it's not so much the politics I needed to get away from. Occasional but aggressive hiding of certain sites and pages and the politics drops down to tolerable levels. The key is not leaving it to just the ones you disagree with generally, but hide the fuck out of all of them. They will grow back, one way or the other, but like weeds, it'll be most effective if you do the job right.
Opinions, though, are the fuel on which Facebook runs.
Sometimes it's only the implied opinion of posting a movie trailer without comment.
If it's not taken as an implied opinion, it's still an invitation for the opinions from others.
And, oh, how they flow!
When you're in market for opinions, it can be a glory. Suggestions and interactions galore. There's a younger me that was hungry for that kind of opinion overload.
Now, it's largely just overwhelming for me, especially when I'm trying to move into creative mode. It's a lot of weight on my brain, sorting through all of the positives and negatives and comparing them to my own thoughts. I think when creating, one of the hardest things a creative person struggles with, at least this creative person, is that self-censoring voice that says "Don't do that, it's too much." All of those opinions are just food for that voice. I need to find ways to stop feeding it for a while.
It's helping. There's a lot going on right now, so there's still plenty holding me back, but I expect to drop those off my plate one at a time and then I can slowly start re-introducing some as I get into the flow.