So there’s always a lot of talk these days about social media, etc… it’s evil/ it’s valuable!/ it’s terrible/ it’s great! Seems like many people want to cut back their use, but yet, it’s addicting. I am certainly guilty as charged, too- I feel like I still look at Facebook way more than I should, despite efforts to reel it in.
I’ve noticed lately that oftentimes, when I open the app, it seems like I have to “scroll” a while before I find anything actually interesting….or I open it and then end up closing it right away, because it just kind of feels boring. (But yet I find myself opening it again 25 minutes later. Why, Mark? Why?)
Clearly, there are more ads than there used to be, but I decided to slow down and really look at what is actually coming through on my newsfeed, one by one. (I’ll admit- I spend zero time “curating” my Facebook feed, so maybe a little of this is my fault. I can/should probably go in and “unfollow” certain random pages that I’m not actually that interested in….but I don’t.)
What I found SHOCKED ME! Below are the first 15 posts that showed up in my newsfeed this morning, in order:
- A post from our church about Thanksgiving
- A notification that a friend “likes” LL Bean (and then an ad for LL Bean)
- An article from some entertainment website that I would never read
- Reels (??? What even are these? I’ve never watched one. They look dumb.)
- Post from a local Resale group
- A notification that a random past co-worker who I haven’t talked to in at least 7 years “likes” the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (+ ad)
- Ivan’s friend’s mom shared a click through post, in Spanish, about some weird psychology thing…kept scrolling…
- A post with a meme from the movie Shawshank Redemption, from some website I guess I must have “liked” at one point? Didn’t care about that either.
- Another Resale site post
- An Adidas ad
- A post from a Facebook group from someone who sells those nail polish strips that I guess I’m in, but that I’m not active in
- A previous coworker telling someone I don’t know “happy birthday”
- Someone updated her profile picture
- A past coworker likes the shoe brand “Allbirds” (+ ad for Allbirds)
- Someone added a fundraiser to their “story”
I guess I’ll stop there, but…..what the heck?!?!
Seriously, read those over. That is the biggest bunch of garbage if I’ve ever seen a bunch of garbage! In the first 15 posts, there was literally not one actual post of any true substance from a real friend that I cared about (minus our church, if you count that).
The scary thing is- how many times do I look at Facebook in a day? How many times am I scrolling and scrolling past all that nonsense and garbage? Sure, eventually there is usually some interesting/useful stuff mixed in, but apparently it’s few and far between! (Or more so than I ever realized….)
I don’t know if this is a new algorithm or what. Or just my account? I do not remember it being this bad in the past! Or are people just posting less “real” content, so Facebook has to resort to filling the newsfeed with something?? But I have over 400 Facebook friends- surely someone shared something more interesting than what I’m seeing.
WHAT A WASTE OF TIME! Eek. This is rather disturbing. (And, I actually did this exercise last night too, but didn’t record them- and I found very similar results. So I don’t think this is a fluke.)
Anyone else use Facebook? I’d be curious to know what your newsfeed looks like.
This exercise feels like some pretty good motivation for me to SHUT IT DOWN. Ha.
I am grateful for Christmas lights in my office! Ho ho ho.