TL;DR: I'm going to leave Meta's social networking platforms (Facebook, Instagram) on June 16th, 2023. This website, byJP.me, will always show good ways to reach me and find out what I'm up to — please say hello if we haven't chatted in a while!
I'm pretty fed up of Facebook and Instagram. I barely use them, but when I do I binge, and end up feeling terrible afterwards. I'm familiar with how sites like these use data analytics to group humans into buckets according to the best ways to maximise dopamine release, and the percent of our day we spent on their sites/apps, and it makes me itch.
I don't want my attention to be milked. I don't want to feel more distant from my friends on the platforms that claim to connect me with them. Six advertisements and four rose-tinted travel "influencer" posts between anything relating to my friends' lives isn't useful or good for me. It's clearly time to leave.
I joined Facebook in 2005, excited at the technical and societal marvel that was web 2.0, and Instagram (then independent of Meta) in 2010, delighting at having both a camera and the internet in my pocket at once. I enjoyed sharing and creating on those platforms then (I did it though none of my friends had joined yet!) but now my every word and pixel is fed into a runaway marketing algorithm, and I'm going to get off the train.
Sadly, by removing my accounts, I'll lose my ability to reach out to long-lost friends whose numbers and emails I no longer have. But I don't like being held hostage, so I've written this post on my own site (its homepage has all the best ways to get in touch with me), and I'll be sending messages to as many people as I can to reconnect and point them there.
I'll be leaving just after my birthday this year, June 16th (as anyone inclined to wish me well then is someone who may want to know where I've gone to!) but you can find me online in a host of other, more friendly and sedate, places already (check the byJP.me homepage for the up-to-date ones).
You can also send me a postcard, or message me on Signal, iMessage, and (if you twist my arm) WhatsApp. For my address or my phone number, being more sensitive, just say hello by email, and I'll excitedly share with you!