I abandoned my Facebook last night. I jumped off the bandwagon. I tore it apart and took it down. It's over.
The last straw was when earlier this week, I got an email from Facebook that someone in Ecuador had tried to get in my account. It is a (scary) mystery to me:
1. Why, of all accounts, they would try to get in mine. I'm nobody important.
3. What would they want from my account?
The bottom line is, I don't know. And if I weigh all this trouble and those that could potentially occur if my privacy is so thus compromised, Facebook is not worth anything. I
While it's true that safety is a concern anywhere on the web nowadays, not just Facebook. But my email addresses and bank accounts do not have my face plastered all over it. My exact physical location at specific times is not geo-tagged without my control or consent. I am very uneasy at the thought of total strangers, dubious characters, and potentially, serial killers, inside my bedroom, without my consent, going through my personal belongings and valuables, and maybe plotting more atrocious and horrifying things than stealing an AmEx. So I'm untangling myself.
It took a few weeks to get here and I realize how brilliant it is that Facebook has got all of us by the balls. It has made itself (seem) indispensable When I emailed my friends that I'm obliterated from Facebook, it raised an alarm. "Why? What happened?!" they asked, as if I had sent a suicide note.
It has often been said, too, how Facebook has redefined our relationships - good, bad, or different. Personally, I think it is sad to see that our relationships have been reduced to voyeurism, to a mosaic of pictures and status updates. We think we KNOW so much about these "friends" - after all, we are privy to what time they woke up, what they had for breakfast, where they had breakfast, how many minutes they worked out, if they were tardy to work, all their random thoughts and clever quips, their fancy vacations, their outfits to all of the above-mentioned - and so much more. But the reality is though, relationships take work. It takes spending amounts of quality time, doing stuff together, going through stuff together, getting through stuff together. Facebook is not the place where real, honest relationships thrive.
They say in yoga that one must shed what does not serve you. Facebook had some utility when I had it but I cannot keep deluding myself that there would be any real connections with 500 people at once. It's not the type of "friendships" I would like to keep.