I've been thinking about it, and I've made the decision that when "school" starts, I'm probably going to try to take a break from Facebook. I don't think it's really good for me personally, and it's definitely not good for our society.
Just as a couple of recent examples from both sides of the political spectrum. First, I saw a picture that has been shared around on Facebook since January 2014. It stated that the county with the highest percentage use of a food stamps was a rural area in Kentucky that was approximately 98% white and 94% republican. They seemed to think it was ironic.
Here's the thing, that's not irony. That simply goes to show that even the people that are receiving food stamps don't think it's a long-term solution. If you visited their houses, I'm sure they would tell you that what they really need are jobs, and that's what the republicans have been promising them (plus in that region of Kentucky most jobs are coal related, so they sure as shootin' wouldn't vote democrat because then they would lose what little employment is available).
From the opposite end of the spectrum, there are the Planned Parenthood bashers in every way shape or form. Here's the thing about that video, it's one individual person. I think if we all asked ourselves what we wanted to be when we grow up, abortion specialist is not on that list. So, generally, the people involved in those careers are probably not the most moral, upstanding, happy people. I'm not saying that Planned Parenthood is good and I am strongly anti-abortion, but the way to get people to stop sinning is not to shut down the place they are sinning, but rather to show them a Savior. We can't change people's behavior and only God can change their hearts.
With that being said, our government should not still be supporting Planned Parenthood. With everything else that is covered in Obamacare, Planned Parenthood shouldn't be a necessity anymore (since the main reason it was supposed to be around was to cover birth control). If the government is truly not "helping pay for abortions" and birth control is covered under every health insurance plan, then we should no longer need to support Planned Parenthood with any federal funding.
So, here's the point of my political rant. Facebook is not the place to discuss your politics. It's not the place to discuss your religion or share a million videos that may or may not be edited. It's not the place to post pictures of rainbows or breastfeeding or racial hatred. If it were just a way to catch up with friends of all types across the country, or join groups with similar interests to discuss topics in a private group setting, then I would still be a part of it. But I get distracted with all the craziness in the comments and sharing videos that are over a year old just because someone else is still sharing them. I get distracted with wondering why people are trying to convince their friends to change perspective when their own perspective is skewed. I get distracted with what someone else's child just started doing and I'm not spending that necessary time with my own child.
I don't want to be addicted to something that is so unhealthy for me (and I will admit that I have an easily addictive personality when it comes to technology). So, once we start officially "homeschooling" (August 3rd is my current date to start), I plan to quit Facebook. You can find me on my blog, where my rants are much longer, and the quotes are much fewer. Enjoy!