After the initial "withdrawal," I found myself focusing on things that were more important to me. I spent my newly found free time with my family, reading, learning, and photographing what I love. Almost 6 months away from the platform and I was happy, content, relaxed, and at peace.
So why on earth would I return?
Well, if you read my last post, I am having visual difficulties in my left eye. It started at the beginning of the week. It is in only one eye so I can still photograph things I love. However, until treatment is complete, I am having difficulty reading books. So, to pass time and entertain myself, I have been left watching movies, training videos, and, alas, logging onto Facebook.
Will I remain on Facebook after all is well? I don't know. It's not my favorite platform. I was content going back to doing things offline and away from Facebook social media. I was using Instagram and Twitter, but those platforms aren't as much of a time suck as Facebook can be.
On the positive side, though, I did miss contact with friends and family. I missed the immediacy that Facebook offers. When you post, you get responses quickly. I read a great description of Twitter. I wish I remembered the article so I could give proper credit, but the quote goes something like this, "Twitter is like walking down a crowded street talking to yourself and hoping someone answers." I'd say that's an accurate description.
So while Facebook algorithms seem skewed, they are working to improve them. A friend called me yesterday and told me of the new improvements and how to take a bit more of my newsfeed back.
I will be on there for a while, but I will not be spending a lot of time on there. I enjoyed my offline time too much to abandon it.