As of recently (aka a few days ago), I have shut down my Facebook. “Oh, what for?” some of you may ask. There are many reasons for this closure, which is (of course) temporary, but there are a few more pressing reasons why I did so.
1. Facebook is one of the many soul-sucking demons of the internet world.
As one of the millions of people who use Facebook, almost all my free time used is to look at people’s feeds and browse on like pages. At work I look at “the demon” in addition to other things such as the dinner table, restaurants, and more. I don’t really do much on my page besides torturing people with my food pictures and other things I capture. I also look to see who has liked, commented, and posted on my wall. I realized I spent so much time on the computer with facebook, I made the decision to deactivate it. Of course, I still go on the internet for other things, reading comics and manga, read the news, and other things. However, I have noticed that I spent less time on the computer. I am now able to do more things, bake, cook, read, and tend to my garden.
2. Too many rants and idiotic people.
I can’t really exclude myself from this list. On occasion, I, too, will rant on Facebook. However, there are people who will rant all the time. Now, I do spam many people’s walls with music videos and pictures, but some people post a lot of those internet memes and useless links. There are also so ridiculous status posts that are rants, have so much angst, and much more. KEEP YOUR PRIVATE BUSINESS PRIVATE, DON’T LET EVERYONE KNOW IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES OVER PEOPLE FOR STUPID THINGS. Also don’t let everyone know where you are all the time. It’s not safe, especially if you are the type of person to leave your profile public and allow anyone to see everything.
3. Privacy issues
Every time Facebook makes “major updates” to the page, it always never a good thing. I loved when it was just something for people only to see what they are doing and their friends, not friends of friends. The stupid ticker thing that they have on the right hand corner of the page allows you to “see” (aka spy on) what other people who your and your friends interact with are doing and what not. This increase the activity of “Facebook stalking”, which I feel is really a wanted thing if you are the type of person that doesn’t like everyone trying to see everything you like or do on facebook. I don’t want people to see every little thing I do. It’s just not right for your privacy to be freely observed by other people on facebook.
These three are just a few of many issues I have with facebook. Of course, deactivating it is a temporary thing. There are time when I’m curious to go back on FB, but I stop myself because of the free time I managed to get without going on it. I read more books, have become more active, have more time to do more things around the house, catch up on the latest shows and movies (I’ve been recently on a “Criminal Minds” binge when it’s showing on TV) especially when my local library is the best at keeping up with the latest and best movies/shows. I also have a bit more time to do things such as garden, bake, and much more.
So far, the pro are out weighting the cons. If I do start to miss FB, the internet always has something to draw my utmost attention. I implore you, the internet masses, to take at least sometime to get away from Facebook and see all the time that you can get back to do different things. If you feel bored, find other activities other than facebook to do. I feel liberated after staying away from facebook after a week. I hope that it continues to be like this for the weeks/months to come.