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  1. I can relate to this 100 percent. I’m living the exact same emotions and doing the same things. Thank you for writing this. Nothing I have read, since the sum of all my fears happened in November, has brought me as much comfort.

  2. I’ve never been on Facebook and have no intentions of being. Why would I want to constantly hear about every idiotic raving of people who have no concept of what is proper or needs to be discussed. Social disease media is nothing but a venue for drama queens/kings and life is too short to waste on that.

  3. I love all that recent research which shows that 60+% of Facebook users are more depressed than the average non-social-media user, when they compare their lives with the creatively-stated cyber-lives of their peers! Leaving Facebook then, would be better–and cheaper–than Prozac!

  4. I completely revised my approach to Twitter after the election. I unfollowed a lot of people who weren’t following me and who tweeted incessantly about he-who-must-not-be-named, I continued blocking ‘Deplorables,’ and I muted followbacks also because of too much commentary on the president-elect. I had actually withdrawn from twitter for a couple of days prior to election day. Facebook, for its part, continues to disappoint me. Family and long-time friends who never admitted to voting for Trump before now aren’t trying to hide it as much. It hurts to see people I care about and thought were intelligent spouting fake news and conspiracy theories.

  5. I don’t do FB, but I have enjoyed Twitter because I only follow people who aren’t mean. If they become mean I unfollow them. I’m also very selective about the blogs I read, and the entries on those blogs. I don’t read “gloom and doom” posts or comments because they’re not good for me.

    The pres-elect is already showing through his appointees how bad he will be for America, however, he is not the end. We will survive, in part, by electing a Democrat in 2020 to repair the damage he causes.

  6. I don’t have an opinion about FB or Twitter, but I do wonder why we’re having the conversation at this level. Pick up a reliable newspaper and learn who Trump’s cabinet nominees are. Ask yourself if their record, and what they stand for, is a concern to you, and then contact your Senators and ask them not to confirm the people who have been named. This really isn’t about you and me and our feelings. Its about our responsibilities. Get off social media if you like, but please don’t stop paying attention. Are there Muslims in your community who have faced harassment? I hope you aren’t turning away, but are sending notes, asking what you can do to show support. Do you care about solid science being respected by the EPA? Then let your elected leaders know, send your money to groups that represent your concerns about civil rights or climate change. You get the idea.

  7. I too have taken a leave of Facebook. It took me slightly longer after the election than you. I bailed after the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting. I have not looked at my FB for three weeks, not even a glance. I did this in part because of the tone of (non-) discourse and in part because of a book titled “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport. Like you, I have found time to do lots of reading of real books, a bit of writing, and in general am less distracted and happier. We’ll see how long I can hold out, but so far I don’t really miss it.

  8. I totally agree. I have been fasting from Facebook for a week, and have totally enjoyed it. I watch Canadian News which is less “Donald Centric.” I like what Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Rex Murphy had to say: “Twitter is NOT a conduit of enlightenment.”

    Indeed,

    BillyJoe Bob

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