So, I've given up Facebook, at least for now. I was on for a few minutes each day on 2/8 & 2/9 and not at all since 2/10. It wasn't hard to give up, actually, but I do miss it (sort of).
I sit at a desk 90% of my work day so I would typically have Facebook open for perusing all day long. Then in the evening and on weekends, I would check in periodically to see what people were up to. I have a couple hundred friends, mostly relatives and people that I know irl. I have lots of cousins and I really enjoy seeing their pictures and hearing about their lives. We don't really speak on the phone so this is our main connection. I see them once a year or once every few years.
A few months ago I began feeling really stressed out about politics and social issues that mean a lot to me, but leave me feeling helpless. In December I started unfollowing all of the political sites and many of the pages. Going back several years, I have unfollowed friends and facebook friends who post nasty political things or other things I found offensive. But as the presidential campaign season heats up, I began feeling irritated and stressed out by people whose opinions I generally agree with. They would say nasty, critical things or disparage a candidate in a way I found very offensive, even if I didn't support that particular candidate. Memes went around with nasty images and I just thought ENOUGH! I'm tired of the sexism thinly veiled as political support. I'm tired of the end-of-the-world thinking. Things aren't actually going to hell in a hand basket, and they probably won't, no matter who wins or loses.
Remember when politics were taboo and practically no one talked about them? I miss those days and I miss my Facebook friends (sort of), but I'm not planning to go back until after the election, if then.