Confirm Delete?

If one does not post regular pictures and updates on Facebook, does one still exist?

Quite a philosophical conundrum, isn’t it?

On the one hand, you can argue that since you’re very much alive and not a ghost or fire demon, you must in fact exist. On the other hand though, if there’s no one there to ‘like’ your vacation selfie, did that vacation happen anywhere but in your head?

I have nothing against Facebook, honestly I don’t. It’s a great tool to help you stay in touch with family and friends that you would otherwise lose all contact with and it’s quite entertaining to boot.

There is however such a thing as too much of a good thing, and I think that’s what has started to afflict 99% of Facebook users. It’s one thing to post regular pictures and updates on your profile but it’s quite another to waste actual time that could be spent actually enjoying that vacation/dinner/sunset by spending half your time trying to catch a signal so that you can tell everyone what a great time you’re having.

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And do not get me started on the narcissism, attention seeking behaviour and trolling Facebook seems to unwittingly nurture. Seriously people, if you love your parent/spouse/child/dog, then why not, you know, actually tell THEM instead of posting a long sappy letter on Facebook for the world to ‘like’?

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To each his own I suppose. Me though, I think I’m done with Facebook. So yes, I’ve finally done it: I’ve deleted my Facebook account and I couldn’t be happier. I feel irrationally liberated. Giddy even.

The cynic in me says let’s see how long it takes before regret sets in while the optimist is too busy doing happy cartwheels to dwell on such thoughts. Let’s see which side comes out the strongest, shall we?

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26 thoughts on “Confirm Delete?

  1. I deleted five weeks ago, and it feels great! I’d been deactivated for more than a year, but feared I’d really miss it if I fully deleted. Then Instagram started letting me know Facebook friends had joined, and I realized I was done, done, done with it. Completely. Five weeks in, and I still feel great about it!

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  2. Oooh, what about those awful memes along the lines of “share if you think your daughter is the most beautiful, talented person ever created” or “share if you love your husband.” BARF! That is such pseudo-meaningful crap. It’s the kind of schlock that makes me hide all posts from these “friends.”

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  3. Although I haven’t deleted my Facebook account, I haven’t used my personal account in about 2 years. I have no need for the nonsense going on with much of it. I have occasionally sent anot email message to a friend far away, just to catch up, but no posting or anything.

    I keep the personal so I have a log in to use for my blog’site Facebook.

    Honestly, I figure it’s not really that difficult for people to get in touch with me, so why bother. Plus, I’m really not into the competition, bashing, etc that happens. 🙂

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    1. Facebook tends to bring out the worst in people. I mean if you’re going to get mad at me because I didn’t ‘like’ your wedding pictures or comment on your 100th check-in, than maybe I shouldn’t consider you a friend 😑

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      1. Agreed. Further, if you’re going to be offended because I have a different opinion than you on water topic and attack either me or my parenting choices, then maybe we’re not really friends either.

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  4. I have to say, after taking a few weeks off of blogging and networking and facebooking to promote my blog, my blog readership is down to nearly nothing! It’s a pretty vicious unforgiving cycle where it seems you get out what you put in. I totally agree with what you are saying, but from a blogging perspective, it’s kind of a catch-22.

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  5. Facebook, like anything else, is what you make of it. For instance, it’s the only social media I’m on every day, and I have like, 90-ish friends… maybe less. Most of them are personal friends and family, and about 1/4 are friends of friends.

    The privacy settings on mine are so tight that no one can add me to their facebook at all. So I don’t get those annoying memes y’all were talking about — not very often anyway. I use it purely to stay in touch with my long distance friends and family. For that, it’s a very efficient tool.

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    1. Facebook is pretty great for staying in touch with family and friends, that’s true enough. Sometimes though the people sending memes or picking passive aggressive fights over silly things are family or friends you can’t u friend without it becoming a major issue in your immediate circle, so in that instance I would say just delete the whole thing instead! Lol

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  6. I’ve never made it as far as deleting my account, but I have definitely given myself time outs. Sometimes that crap just messes with your head. I think social media should ADD to your life, not drain you of it!

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