Halfway through the first month of a two-month Facebook experiment. I have discovered:
- The advertisements are less a source of irritation than direct posts. The adverts are impersonal and surprisingly easy to ignore.
- I even get some pleasure now that I realise that the advertisers had to pay for the space yet their investment is wasted.
- There are really only half a dozen people out of over two hundred that post irksome material. And it peaks at one or two.
- There are half a dozen that post consistently delightful material.
- The posts of objectionable material run in a delayed cycle based upon popular news feeds – the time lag can be anywhere from a n hour to several months, but most appear after about a week.
- None of the irritating or offensive posts actually cause one to go hungry, thirsty, cold, or sleepless. They do not affect the health. They have no practical effect on anything… but they do flag the poster as foolish or nasty.
At the start of August I shall draw a little list of those people who cause happiness and those who cause pain. Then I’ll have a quiet month of no Facebook to think about it all.