Leaving the social media arena…..

The medieval tower at the mouth of the Tagus River, Lisbon

I was writing a card to treasured friend today, as it’s her birthday in a few days time. We met many, many moons ago (before my daughter was born) when she and I were neighbours and our loving friendship has flowed through all these years.

Recently, Georgie and I had a magic time in Lisbon and it has been a struggle to recapture the peace we discovered since we returned to our daily rounds.

I have also been watching a manipulation grow through social media and it feels unbalanced, if not downright cruel and unjust at times.

So, with a strong desire to have time to honour the connections I love and cherish, I have deleted my Facebook, Twitter and PInterest accounts.

I love the Global Village we have in our blogging world and this has gifted loving bonds and supportive connections and long may that continue.

50 Responses to “Leaving the social media arena…..”

  1. 1 ShimonZ December 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I don’t know what it means to leave those media, because I’ve never joined… but I have the hope that each person could do it his or her way, if it meant enough to them. In any case, because you impress me as having a very beautiful and positive outlook, I’m sure you’ll find just the right avenues of communication for yourself.

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  2. 3 newyorknorthfineart November 16, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Good for you!!! Thanks for a great post! I love posts/videos/ information that makes us think, rather than following what others are doing blindly. Here is one that has really got me thinking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hidlnk1NC10&t=5s If you like it, please share it!! Thanks. Rita

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  3. 6 Cynthia Reyes November 14, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Glad you are still blogging, Jane.

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  4. 8 frederick anderson November 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    It’s a courageous decision, Jane, and I completely respect you for it. I think you know my opinions concerning Facebook – the subject of a lot of disquiet in my own mind this last week. I, too, have closed my account. I’m just happy you have decided to stay with us in the blogosphere, where you would be very greatly missed. Long may you stay with us (and if I knew how you did one of those heart things, I would certainly add mine). Lots of love, and hugs, Fred.X

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    • 9 Jane Sturgeon November 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you Fred for your kind words and for being you. I am not surprised that you have closed your Fb account and I respect your decision. It is a completely different space here in our global blogging village and long may that continue. I feel that you and I would not lose touch whatever happens. ❤ and hugs for you too. Xx

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  5. 10 Clare Pooley November 9, 2017 at 12:57 am

    A sensible decision, my dear friend! I have never twittered, never ‘got’ pinterest and don’t spend more than a few minutes a day on Facebook. I stick with it as it is the best way to keep in touch with cousins and other relatives. I am so glad you are still here on WP! XXxxXX ❤

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  6. 13 Martin Shone November 8, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I deleted my Facebook account some years ago and only started it again a while ago by persuasion, “good for promotion of your writing”, you need to connect etc etc. I don’t think Facebook is good for promotion not for little people like me. Unless I’m willing to pay Facebook to “boost” my page and pay to “advertise” my shop button etc etc. I will not pay. I have softly advertised it, I can’t do the hard sell thing. I want someone to buy the book because they want too not because the advert has been shoved in their faces all the time.

    I also find it difficult with Facebook to send “like” requests for my page. I don’t think I’ve had a single sale through Facebook. Twitter is a little better but still, we have to be one there as a regular. I’ve had two sales from Twitter.

    You know, H, sometime we just have to let the ballast go and float off into new dreams, new arenas and maybe the grass won’t be greener but we might find new flowers with new bees to generate new honey for our souls.

    I’m sticking with Facebook and Twitter for now but I wish you much Good Luck, H xx (and long live WordPress!)

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  7. 15 dgkaye November 8, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Wonderful post Jane. I totally get your decision. Just don’t leave us in blogland too. ❤ xxx

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  8. 18 grandfathersky November 8, 2017 at 3:40 am

    FB has algorithms that take the content of your likes and figure out all about you. It is so accurate that once they have 300 likes to work with they know more about you than you do. I spent weeks removing 5 years of likes. The word vitriol popped out at me, and sadly Jung’s collective unconscious bubbles up in social media. The American Indian tribes had a way of choosing leaders that was very natural, if you sucked as a leader you might go to sleep in a Camp and wake up in a teepee that was the only one – left behind. Blogging is like that. It’s not social media, it’s social content, there is no requirement to follow. There is content for everyone, and little judgement… I have friends all over the world who have come and gone. We hold each other up for a time … there is no vitriol, only love …

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  9. 22 Christy B November 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    You are re-balancing.. Take care of yourself, sweet Jane, and see you here rather than on social media xx

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  10. 24 pensitivity101 November 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I was surprised that so many people seem to like my writings so I am quite content with blogging. I have never wanted to be a twit, pin or a face on social media.

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  11. 31 Create Space November 7, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Hi Jane, You can’t beat one to one activities and realtime get-togethers and adventures! We were without internet for 12 days because of storm Ophelia and what I missed online, soon turned into a sense of freedom and a feeling of more time to engage with family and friends around me. Facebook does not excite me anymore, it’s excitement was short-lived so I check it about twice a month. The positivity and support found here has been so encouraging.

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  12. 33 bitaboutbritain November 7, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Hi – sorry to barge in. I use social media as a means to an end and am surprised at the amount of personal ‘stuff’ that people put on it. What shocks me, though, is the anger – actually, vitriol – from people who hold different views. I suppose, sadly, it’s a reflection of the wider world. We have to shut out the bullies and bigots, or deal with them – and, sometimes, it’s just easier to switch off.

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  13. 36 ianscyberspace November 7, 2017 at 2:03 am

    My wife also exited from social media and I do understand it can amount to a lot of froth and bubble and as you say nasty comments at times. I had to get the FBI involved in one case long ago and they found the guy and gave him a warning. He apologized profusely when he knew his cover was blown. lol. A lot of my friends use FB so I do check in there once in a while and have had no trouble lately. I can’t understand why people give out such a large amount of personal information. In today’s world that invites trouble.

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  14. 38 Jane Stansfeld November 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I agree. I enjoy my blog friends, especially as each reveals more and more of him/her self as time goes on. I just haven’t “taken” to face-book or , heaven forbid, twitter.

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  15. 40 tornadoday November 6, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    …..as long as I can find you, I will……….. ❤

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  16. 45 mysticaljourney November 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I have a love-hate relationship. I get it. I will miss you, darling…but I completely love that you are taking a break. Peace. Sending you a tight hug.

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  17. 47 1smiles November 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Wishing you all the best Jane. I too have been trimming back on social media, so I certainly understand your decision.
    With much love,
    Jeannie xxxooo

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  18. 49 Al November 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Understand completely. Glad I still have you in the blogosphere.

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