I deleted my social accounts back in 2017. Since then, I never missed Facebook. I feel cleaner without it.
But I liked Instagram.
It helped me find photography locations and meet other hobbyists. I haven’t found another platform so good at those things.
However, Instagram and Facebook are part of the same amoral organization.
Here in Taiwan, where I’ve been unable to find an English-language source for local (Kaohsiung) news and events, Instagram could be useful. So I’ve been reckoning with my ethical concerns.
If a platform is obviously bad—but also useful—and potentially a net positive for my life in Taiwan, should I rejoin?
For now, yes.
To my family and friends, I look forward to following you in return. I’ve missed this kind of connection.
To the wider world and to my compromised sense of self, sincerely and melodramatically, forgive me.