Wednesday, December 06, 2017
I've made the decision to officially cut ties with Sparkpeople. I'll be unsubscribing from emails and all after this post. I'll keep the page alive because I don't want to lose my old blogs, but I may never come back and post again.
If you want to find me "IRL" start with Instagram - beezandbea
Yesterday I posted what I thought was a status update. I logged on and this entire site was one gigantic weight loss medication ad. The background, the banners, everything - covered in a drug company's promotion for an easy fix to your weigh problems. I've got a real issue with drug companies taking advantage of people, and advertising a weight loss drug on a weight loss site is, well, pretty predatory. Maybe you can ignore what is literally flashing at you on the screen, but it super rubbed me the wrong way, and I posted a status about that.
Nearly instantly I was attacked by several people telling me to get over it, install a blocker, move along. I was called negative, sarcastically labeled as a "ray of sunshine"... I was shocked.
I get it - they need advertising dollars here. But don't push your choice of paid ads on me, at least use retargeted ones from shoes I've looked at. Those I'm cool with, creepy though they be. I generally use this site on my ipad now, so I can't really "just block ads". And no, I'm not going to buy premium just to avoid ads - I've used this site for free for YEARS and it's never been as bad as the past six months for their choice of allowed promotions. It just ISN'T RIGHT by me to allow a drug company to splash their branding all over a page where people may be struggling and become prey to that mentality of taking a pill to fix a bigger issue. I'm sorry I have feelings and values? I guess I shouldn't have voiced them.
I think this site has super gone downhill since I joined. Back in the day, it used to be a wonderfully supportive community. I learned so much, made connections, and I never ever experienced what I did last night with the attitudes. People used to pick you up when you were down, not tell you to make sure you're bursting with sunshine and rainbows no matter what. I've never been one to sugarcoat the negatives, that's called lying to yourself. Even worse - the same people who are telling me to keep scrolling just couldn't do it themselves. Only one person commented on my blog about losing weight but several could take the time to bash my status update. It's pretty clear where the folks on this site stand these days. I'm as much about avoiding fakeness and hypocrites as I am about avoiding drug company advertising.
So with that, I bid you adieu. It's been a long run. Cheers.