Over the past couple of months, I’ve really struggled with the thought of Facebook. When I first joined (that was a fight I fought for a really long time), it was just college students. You had to have a .edu email address, or you weren’t getting on the site. There was no political propaganda, no videos or news articles — it was just a site to be able to reconnect with those people that you didn’t see or talk to everyday. Those kids that you didn’t end up going to college with.
So I started a New Years Resolution early and deactivated my Facebook account.
Reason 1: I enjoy other social media platforms much more than Facebook. Give me all the Twitters & Instagrams in the world!!!
Reason 2: I don’t need to read about your drama with your boyfriend/girlfriend, and then watch as you and said boyfriend/girlfriend have an argument in the comments section. Seriously? Pick up the phone and talk to each other like human beings. (I saw this yesterday, and that’s what prompted this decision).
Reason 3: People use Facebook to take little jabs at each other — it seems as though some people use Facebook just to hurt other people and/or harass people. I liked Facebook better when it didn’t have a messaging feature. I left you a cute little message on your wall, and then you left one on my wall. If I want a constant conversation, I’ll text you. Or better yet, let’s call each other.
Reason 4: Political posts. I’m cool with people having their own opinions on political matters, but when I see stupid/racist/unfounded remarks on what some people call “news,” it’s all I can do to not defriend someone right then. And it’s even worse when you get to the comments section on said articles. If you want to fight about politics, get off your ass and do something about it. Or head to a website that better suites your needs to express yourself.
Reason 5: Ads, ads and more ads. Plus the, “why don’t you be friends with this person? You have one person in common, so y’all should definitely be friends.” I can’t deal.
** I get it, I get it. I probably come off all high and judgy on this issue, but being off Facebook is something I believe strongly in for this year. I do love seeing pictures of my friends’ engagements and new babies, and I do love knowing when people are moving or celebrating anniversaries or getting promotions, but the overload of information from every other angle — it’s just too much.
It’ll be hard to not want to scroll through my Newsfeed when I’m bored, or wanting to check up on someone, but let’s be honest. I don’t use Facebook that often anyway — I don’t post regularly, and I don’t think I’ve updated my photos section since I got married.
One of my coworkers, who doesn’t believe in Facebook, once said it was just another way to be able to hurt people, and on a certain level, I agree with him. So I’m going to give this a shot. I can’t promise that I’ll last the whole year, but I’m definitely going to try.
What are your feelings on Facebook?