In the twelve months ending June 2018, twenty-six percent of FaceBook (FB) users deleted the app from their phones and other devices. And, as there has been much more information released on the peccadilloes of FaceBook since June of 2018, I’d guess the number deleting the app has soared far past the over one-quarter figure of all users by this time.
In the wake of privacy scandals and the selling of FB users’ information and data, many FB users have opted to stop using the network. And, there are, after all, many new sites that offer better data security than does FB – most of the new apps, for sharing of social information, guarantee not to sell or otherwise “share” you data with anyone that you do not approve. And no phony sign-ups for service that have the approval for sharing of data in the contract, either. Regardless of the clear pattern and preference of social media users, the WSJ, has recently published an article claiming that, because of the lack of being notified about birthdays on the FB app, a number of people have forgotten birthdays of friends and relatives. Really – ? Well, only the clearly stupid would be falling pretty to that lapse regarding tracking information important to them; others, after deleting the pesky, appalling FB app, would simply enter birthdays that they wished to remember without having to keep constant track of into their smartphone’s calendar. Good grief! The WSJ is prone to make us all out to be idiots. And, I refuse to believe this characterization of all the people I know who have gotten rid of their FB app – maybe I could believe it of those still using it, though. Who on earth would want to allow a giant corporation to harvest and share their information with the world – right down to the conversations that they are having with supposedly confidential discussants. Perhaps, it is because the Journal is aligned with FaceBook, in the data buying/data sharing operation, that they’d choose to imply that those who no longer use FB are, of course, fools. After all, I’d guess that the Journal is one of those entities that has been buying user data from FB on a regular basis. So for those of you who have deleted your FB app and are floundering around to try to figure out how to remember important dates like birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and, perhaps, your own birthday – then grab that ole smartphone, click on the calendar, and enter those you’d like to remember for the year. You can even program to remember them year after year, as the calendar flips over. I’m actually just kidding around with this suggestion – I well know that those of you who have been smart enough to jettison your FaceBook accounts are certainly smart enough to know how to put those dates to be remembered in your calendars. So, here’s to moving on, smartly, and without any help from FaceBook and other social media concerns that are only interested in mining your data. As they say, if you aren’t paying for a service, then you are the service. In other words, they’re using you and your information, for their gain – not yours.