I deactivated Facebook, which means that I have access only to Messenger. I’ve posted on my profile sometime before they can find me on Twitter, Telegram (I have a channel there), or through my website.
I don’t miss it at all. Perhaps, I’ll not reach some “friends” on my list. Still, the peace and time that this decision brought me created some “selfishness” to my well-being and allowed me to organize my life better and spend time with people interested in connecting with me rather than hundreds of “friends.”
I use Twitter only for my private feed lists on subjects or news that I’m interested in and to share any information about my work, redirecting the followers to my website or Telegram.
I don’t think we are lone wolves by trying to live our real-life rather than look at it through a “smart” device and create a balance between it and necessary digital life. A feature phone or not being in social media don’t make us “old fashion.” Dispensing the “smart” devices in our home and choosing analogical or well-selected devices does not make us a primitive species.
Why do I need a robot following me? Why do I need to ask about the weather or music on a device if I can go to the computer and make it in 10 seconds? What’s the deal of showing my lunch to hundreds of people that I don’t know? Why do I need to look to an incredible and natural sunrise in front of me through the phone camera to get the best capture?
I have a theory that some “smart” devices appeared due to our sloppiness and addiction in the virtual world and manipulative inception that we don’t have time and our lives are extremely busy. Of course, we don’t have time if we spend it worrying about being more present in the virtual world. We are flooded with unnecessary technology, but someone (or something) told us that we are better persons if we have them.
I see that in my area (animal behavior) with humans that flood their dogs and cats with gizmos and unnecessary toys, and the time they have with them is used for pictures in social media. They only need our empathy.
I didn’t have any bad feedback about my choices or decisions, maybe because the people who know me know that I live my life respecting all the individual choices, and I don’t lose time or energy caring about what others think about it.