I killed my Facebook account this morning.
I guess some people would say this is a huge step backwards. As if I’m reverting to some pioneer life and entering an unexplored desert.
I’m thinking it’s more of a step forward.
Like getting through that teenage phase where you’re on the phone for hours and hours with your best buddy or that heart wrenching first love. At the time you can’t believe how important it all is.
Once you’re through the phase you can’t believe how trivial it all was.
Of course Facebook didn’t want to let me deactivate my account without a few questions… “everyone loves social media”
I answered their questions and went so far as to explain my reasoning in the little box they provided.
I doubt that anyone will ever read what I wrote, but at least I tried to tell them why I wanted to deactivate the account.
It’s nothing personal, I just was getting creeped out by the whole deal. There were a lot of “Friends” that live within 40 minutes of my house that I never see.
It’s not that we try to get together and our schedules are too hectic…
We don’t even try. No phone calls no casual “how are you?” nothing but the occasional message via Facebook.
This led me to wonder are these people really friends?
If they are friends and start calling on the phone because they can’t reach me via Facebook then obviously Facebook is having an opposite effect on society than was intended.
If on the other hand I never hear from them again… then they weren’t friends in the first place.
Either answer is acceptable.
I’ve decided that I really do want a life that’s “real” not some simulation of life and friends on the internet.
So if you want to talk… call me, or email me.
Just don’t look for me in your Facebook timeline… I’m not there.