I usually steer clear of controversy.  I don’t like arguing with others, I avoid conflict, and I’m not usually very good at defending myself in an argument/debate.  In this case, I feel like I have to say something.

One of the first social networks I became involved with years ago was Facebook. It was fun at first connecting with friends and family. I took time to search out everyone I could think of from my family, from high school and from past jobs. I think I found more people than people actually looked for and found me, but that’s fine. I guess I’m not real memorable since I’m shy and quiet by nature.

But I digress. To get back to the reason why I am finished with Facebook on a personal basis, I have very few causes that I get passionate about. One that I feel strongly about is animals. I’ve been known to immediately stop reading a book I may have spent a great deal of money on or that others insist I must read because I’ll love it if there’s even a hint of animal cruelty. It bothers me. I can’t deal with animal cruelty.

I have had many pets during my lifetime. The two dogs I had growing up (Missy and Bennie) were rescues from the Animal Service League. My mother taught me to care for and to give homes to unwanted animals.  They deserved loving homes just as much as new puppies or kittens did. Our dog, Zola, was my 35th birthday present, and she came to us from the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm. Four of our cats (Sammy, Raymond, Molly and Ginger) came from Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions. Our cat, Chase, came to us from the Kathleen A. Tenney (K.A.T.) Animal Shelter. One cat (Jasper) was through a friend when her friend could no longer keep him. All were older animals that were unwanted by others.

At least three people that I know post pictures on Facebook of abused and tortured animals. The way Facebook is set up, unfortunately, you can’t miss these horrific images. You scroll unsuspecting through your news feed, and there they are.  I stopped receiving any sorts of posts in my news feed from one “friend” several months back. I shut her off because I couldn’t handle what she thought she had to share. I don’t understand why it’s necessary to distress others in this way.

I couldn’t sleep last night because of a post from a “friend” that I blundered across on one of my rare forays onto Facebook last evening. I was up crying half the night over a poor cat who resembled our Molly. I can’t do Facebook any more. I just can’t. I can’t go on there, hoping to catch up with friends, see pictures of family, etc. and then find something so disturbing that I can’t function because of it. I suppose I could just drop the folks who post graphic images.  I don’t feel like I have the time or the energy for that right now.

I will continue to let my blogs publish to their Facebook pages because I know that’s how some of my readers reach me. I will not venture onto there on a personal level any longer, however. It’s too upsetting.

26 thoughts on “Why I am Quitting Facebook

  1. digitalgranny says:

    I so agree about animal abuse and do not, and will not condone it in anyway and that is like you said, even reading a book, or watching a movie which includes it.
    I left face book because I simply do not have time to be there and I prefer to blog here.
    Getting older with all that goes on in my life on a daily basis with hubbys health and all that includes, keeps me way to busy to do more than WP.
    Have a wonderful week coming up way to fast.

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thanks. I will miss parts of FB but for the most part it’s become a huge time waster. I prefer WP, too. You have a wonderful week, too, Ruth. Prayers to you. Donna

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  2. You’re not alone regards not wanting to see these distressing images Donna.

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thanks, Chris.

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  3. JackieP says:

    This is exactly why I quit facebook a few years ago on the personal side. I just hate those pictures also and don’t feel the need to share them with the world. What I also found out is a lot of them aren’t even real! People (sick people) photo shop them and post them just to cause a stir and get ‘likes’. I think these people are sick! I have a facebook page, but it only deals with my writing. I will and have dropped people if they decide to post these terrible pictures because like you, they upset me for days! I even have nightmares about them. I know terrible things happen out there and I have been a long advocate against animal abuse, but I don’t want my face rubbed in it on facebook. Especially if a lot of these pictures are fake! Even if they are fake they upset me way too much and my whole week is shot to hell. (sorry for the rant.)

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    1. dflorack says:

      I agree, Jackie. I am still sick from it today. I think sharing these horrors is a form of abuse in itself.

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  4. snoogiefisk says:

    I know the feeling. I have repeatedly asked people to stop posting violence but they won’t. Facebook has not been very good for me mentally. I found that I don’t even like some of my own family through the things that they post. I have lost compassion too. There are so many whiners that they make it hard to feel concern.

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    1. dflorack says:

      We have had family fights on FB over politics of all things. The animal horrors were the straw that broke this camel’s back.

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  5. I think it is a very wise decision. Keeping anything in your life that causes you to lose sleep, is never good. But, to think about what you are witnessing is just horrible. Good decision, Donna.

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thanks, Skye. I feel bad I will miss the happy news items. You are right. It’s not worth keeping something that distresses me.

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  6. suzie81 says:

    I can totally relate… These images haunt me for days…

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    1. dflorack says:

      I don’t understand why they have to be posted.

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      1. suzie81 says:

        I feel the same way that you do about animals and any thought of one being harmed really affects me, so I agree with you – I don’t understand why they have to be posted. One particularly horrific image on Twitter a while ago still bothers me… I think it’s one of the reasons why I don’t like people very much.

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      2. dflorack says:

        Suzie, I prefer animal company to human most days myself. 🙂

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  7. I feel for you. I want to quit it too.

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    1. dflorack says:

      I know several folks who have. My son quit over a year ago. My cousin quit a few months ago.

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  8. natjtan says:

    I rarely go on Facebook now. When I do it’s to check on animal organisations. I have one FB friend I call an animal rights lady. She posts horribly cruel images so people see what’s going on and push for change. Many people are unaware such things happen and would rather brush it under the table. If it’s out there, attitudes change. Sometimes they’re too much for me and I can’t watch certain uncover videos I have often found myself crying and feeling so helpless I can’t help. If people knew what when on in abattoirs they wouldn’t eat meat. She does also post success stories which make you realise not everyone is so cruel. I refuse to buy products from companies that test on animals and designers that use fur. If I find a perfect pair of designer sunglasses, yet their haute couture collection has fur, I walk on by!

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    1. dflorack says:

      I guess I’m too soft-hearted. I can’t face those images any longer.

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  9. Can’t blame you. I can’t handle those pictures either. And FB is a huge timewaster!

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    1. dflorack says:

      Agreed. I feel bad about missing pictures of friends’ babies, but I’m done. I’ll have to catch up other ways.

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  10. Never been on Facebook and never will. Too much creepy and childish stuff over there…

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    1. dflorack says:

      You’re right.

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  11. Greetings furless one. The human and I totally agree with you on facebook and also about showing/describing images of tortured animals. We also can’t stand the ASPCA commercials that do the same thing. I understand people do this especially fur the purpose of getting a visceral reaction from people in order to get donations.

    The problem is, the People who CARE don’t need to see something so disturbing in order to do what they can to help. They will do it out of their love fur animals.

    But the people who don’t care won’t be moved to action by those images… They’ll ignore them. Next time you’re trying to sleep and ate haunted by those images, think of me and my cuteness!

    The human and I will be thinking of you!
    (purrs)!

    Shrimp

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    1. dflorack says:

      Thank you, Shrimp (and your human). I agree with you 100%. I think those images do more harm than good (especially to the soft-hearted folks like me). I would be less inclined to donate or help out an organization that would show any creature’s suffering (human, animal or otherwise). We hate those TV ads here, too. We change the station when they come on.

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      1. So do we! The humans feel like the ASPCA is wrong to use those pictures to get donations.. It feels like using their misery and mistreatment to profit. (HISS!!!!)

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