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The reason I deleted Facebook


Hi,

Hope you're doing well, and that's genuine. (drop me a line)
Facebook? Far from it.

You're probably on Facebook and that's okay.
I was for years. About seven I think.
One day, I'd had enough. Why?
Many reasons perhaps, but let me sum it up with this little poem.




Needy much


Every ailment
Every deserving cause
Every suffering soul
Hoping for a little solace
Hoping to be considered
At least
Begging to be saved
Too tremulous to suggest a thing

Lost to the swamp
Of the self-serving
Relentless posting
False empathy
Cabbage leaved wrapped
Plasma draining
Dialysis desperate
Attention junkies

The loudest voices
Demand the most immediate service
And in persistent droves
Drenched in the cry for sympathy
While the crippled swirl in silence
Too proud to plea
As they’ve always done
Below scrutiny
Suffering
Out of sight
Rarely in mind.



Summed up even better in this:
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3 comments:

  1. You're smart, Anthony. The hours and energy I waste on Facebook, only to get more discouraged and angry - I could've finished my next book in that time. It's a bad addiction.
    love you.

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    1. My frustration level has dropped and I don't miss it at all. Thanks darlin. x

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  2. Hi Anthony,

    Yeah, I wasted a couple of years of my life on facebook - and its games. Like Robyn, I could have probably finished writing a couple of books in that time. But I quit facebook for six weeks at the beginning of last year, and then eased myself back in. But I don't use it anywhere near as much. I quit all the games. I did not post much. These days with my uni course I sometimes don't post for a week, but I do like to use it to find out what other people have been up to, and I am much more likely to comment on their posts. I am a particularly interested in those who are suffering ill health - heaps of them - its nice to know they are still functioning. So I suppose it all up to how you use it. I don't use it to seek attention - just every now and then I mention what is going on. Like getting a 30/30 for a uni essay on science fiction, which the tutor and subject director with a Phd that was on science fiction, says I should try and get published. And I also recently hurt my left hand, which is slowly healing, might even get back to swimming tomorrow. I don't particularly care if anyone responds to my posts, but that might be due to the fact that I interact with plenty online in my course subjects and don't have time to worry about the lack of likes on Facebook. But I know where you are coming from with facebook. too much energy can be wasted seeking acknowledgement that life is worth living. I don't require that anymore, just more high marks - more perfect scores. :)

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