I inactivated my Facebook page after the election. That was easier than unfriending the surprising number of “friends”, most of whom never really were, who supported Trump. All the news feeds during the election were overwhelming. I just couldn’t tolerate it anymore. I stayed off Facebook completely for more than a month and was shocked that few (less than 10 out of almost 400) noticed I was gone. I was very active on Facebook — posted a great deal — but few noticed I left. It was an ignored death of sorts. Very enlightening.

I did start a new Facebook page at the request of my husband (he doesn’t do social media) to see posts of relatives, particularly his children, who live far from us. Besides those few, I also added people who regularly post interesting items in FULL SENTENCES. People who are creative, artistic, and intelligent. I went from nearly 400 “friends” to 30. But, those 30 are worth the snippets of time that I choose to spend on Facebook. I am reading and writing more. I am happier.

Thanks for sharing your story, Ezinne.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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