I did it. I had to. It was too much. It’s the best distraction from any task at hand. Early this morning, I unplugged. Despite Facebook’s desperate plea before my departure about how all of my friends will miss me. Well, if they really miss me, they can call! So, how was life before Facebook? I could pose comfortably for photos, knowing that they wouldn’t be posted within the next 24 hours. I could go about my day without knowing what everyone else was doing at every moment of theirs. I had some privacy. I used email. I didn’t feel the need to post everything ‘interesting’ on Facebook. I wasn’t addicted to an endless stream of status updates, unrealistic pictures of fabulous occasions, mobile uploads, likes, and comments. I was not constantly posting updates and pictures of myself – in a narcissistic way.
Ah, let’s face it! Life without Facebook isn’t life at all! Without Facebook you don’t see what everyone’s up to – it’s like you’re basically living like a hermit. You’re not in the know. You’re not with it. You’re not easy to reach. You’re living in the early 90s. Which, by the way, were a great time, but it would have been great to have Facebook back then. Anyway, the point is: Facebook is great. It’s just a distraction when you’re doing anything related to academia. I thought leaving Facebook would give me a sense of relief. In fact, there is no relief at all. Can’t wait ’til I’m back on.
Facebook photos are oh-so-much better than anything that Yahoo! photos or whatever we used to use could have ever come up with. I like knowing what my friends are doing. Privacy is relative – with Google you don’t have privacy either. Don’t blame Facebook for Google’s privacy settings. I still use email – what’s the big deal with email anyway? Gmail is trying really hard to be like Facebook messaging anyway. I’m not addicted to Facebook – there’s a difference between addiction and affinity. And, by the way, I absolutely don’t believe that Facebook is the cause of or the vehicle for narcissism. In fact, it’s the opposite – it connects you to everyone rather than keeping you concerned with only you.