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Facebook sucks and I feel fine.

May 8, 2012

My world feels a lot more smaller. I feel a lot more protective of those in it. And I feel a lot more protective of myself. I realize I cannot make sense of something I don’t understand, and there is no reason to try.

I have decided to use this summer as a renewal of self. My impact is so minute on the world around me, but what I do with my time, and my mind, and my heart… on a self level, that is important, too. I don’t know yet what this renewal will involve. I only know that it is something I must do.

Thought shift. If ever you decide to delete your facebook, I want you to know that it is not an easy process. They make it difficult to find the deletion link (the deactivation link is handy, but the actual deletion link is not), and they urge you to rethink your mood by bringing in a few of your good friends. They literally pop up pictures of those you interact most with and say, “So and so will miss you!” Like deleting your facebook is the sole link to communication. Luckily for me, [random name] was supposedly going to miss me, so the choice was easy. But even that is not enough. Oh no, next they make you type in your password again, and just incase you are a super lucky password guessin’ bot, you have to decipher one of the most hazy captchas I’ve ever seen. And guess what? You STILL aren’t deleted. You are deactivated. (And word on the streets is my account has been intermittently available today) but you have to wait a full 14 days before your account will actually be removed. Fourteen days! Because in 14 days, I might suddenly lose my cellphone, homephone, emails, megaphone, tin cans and smoke signals and be forced to reactivate my account so that I can communicate. Thanks facebook for looking out for me. I guess.

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5 Comments
  1. Hahaha Ya, I heard it was near to impossible to delete your account. I just don’t think I could give up the addiction though. Hello, my name is April, and I am a facebook junkie.

  2. Karen permalink

    Yes, I have seen your Facebook account become intermittently available. There is not much left there when I see it, some cover photos and a few random status posts from last year, if I recall.

    Facebook is (unfortunately) my main contact with my far-flung online friends. Facebook has also allowed me to connect with some of my relatives in England, and some of my father’s relatives that my mother disliked (so I never really knew much about them except her one-sided stories). One of those relatives is looking into the family history, so there are a lot of old photographs that I would never have seen otherwise. But it’s hard to know who to reach out to on Facebook, and I tend to err on the side of caution and not try to “friend” people in case they ignore me.

    Facebook. It’s evil, but a necessary evil in my world.

  3. Delete facebook??? Why do you hate us??? *sobbing*

    Just kiddin. As long as you blog I’ll be happy 🙂

  4. Karen permalink

    A psychological study determining whether (or how much) people are addicted to Facebook:

    http://www.gizmag.com/bergen-facebook-addiction-scale/22460/

  5. I’m not at all saying facebook sucks as a means of communication. If it works for folks, it works. I think they suck for making it such a complicated process to leave facebook.

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