From this evening, my answer to that question will be no.
After five years on facebook, I’m deleting my account.
Well, the seeds were sown over Lent, when I left facebook for 40 days.
After the initial slight befuddlement of being disconnected (which lasted all of 48 hours), I actually enjoyed not being on facebook.
Since Lent I’ve been back on, and have been reminded that for me (of course, as with all things, your mileage may vary!) it’s not a good place to be. I find it frustrating and annoying a lot of the time, and icked out by some of the privacy lapses, and can spend altogether too much time there doing nothing.
Unlike blogging or twitter, where I feel they enrich my life in some way, I feel that for me fb has become a timesuck which takes me away from other things, and so, it goes.
Do I think facebook is evil? Nope.
Do I regret joining? No.
Do I admit that I’ve reconnected with some cool people because of it? Absolutely.
But for me, the time has come to stop commenting on statuses of people I rarely see and ‘like’ing videos posted by a guy from my high school. It’s been fun, but with every new friend request from some girl (who I doubt could pick me out in a line up) I once shared a boarding house with, it feels less like a place to connect with friends, and more like….I don’t know, really.
I won’t miss the applications or the games at all (again, I may be alone here and you are entirely within your rights to disagree!), and I am SO over facebook events. Also known as ‘let’s plan something and then maybe/sorta/probably/not turn up’. When I spoke to some friends about this, we’d all confessed to being guilty of yes-ing an fb event we then missed, and having people do the same to us. Far more so than we would for ‘real’ events.
I will miss the fun moments – the comedic comment convos, the cute baby pictures, the engagement announcements….but I also know these things happen IRL, on blogs and via email too, and that’s where I’ll be.
To my fb friends, thanks for a great five years. If you want to get in touch (and don’t already have my details), I’m pretty easy to find (this blog, for one). I’m also not eschewing social media entirely – I’m still on twitter and have G+ account.
It’s time to pull the plug.