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'You still do exist after Facebook' : South Shore woman deletes social media accounts

Lunenburg's Anna Shoub said she had been tossing around the idea for months, but reading a book convinced her to take the plunge
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A South Shore woman has cut the social media cord and deleted her accounts.

Lunenburg's Anna Shoub said she had been tossing around the idea for months, but reading a book convinced her to take the plunge.

In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Silicon Valley pioneer Jarron Lanier explains the algorithms used by companies to get people addicted to social media, and outlines some if the toxic effects.

"Facebook really felt like being caught up in this wave. I remember that feeling of being thrown around, not in control of what I'm reading, what I'm seeing ... being dragged into some argument, as much as I tried not to engage," Shoub told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show.

"Before you know it, you're caught in this thing and it becomes this alternate reality. It's like I had two realities."

Shoub runs an online business, The Hat Junkie, but now uses her blog and email to communicate with her clients.

It took her about a week to get over her addiction, but she says she has no regrets.

"I started reading books. I didn't like the way social media took away my ability to think, my attention span was gone and that's come back in a big way," she explained. 

"It's been many months and it's great, I love it ... you still do exist after Facebook."




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