Well, its official...i de-activated my facebook account one week ago! Its been refreshing and liberating. And a little difficult. The moment i cancelled my account, i felt great. I say it so often "Facebook is raising a generation of losers." Well, maybe not losers...but.....
My opinion of facebook is this. I am a stay at home mom and its a fun break in the day to see what my friends are doing and to feel like i am connecting with other grown ups. Just a peaceful break. Ya, that was about the first week of facebook and then came a few snags. A couple offenses. Too much spoken, or too much taken away. People are being offended and offending ever day! I know a few people who personally think facebook is there soapbox and if you post something they don't agree with, they think it is totally cool to attack. But since it is a public forum, people see and hear and are affected by other peoples opinions. And the worst part about it is we got ourselves into this predicament!! We can't complain because we are feeding into it. Plus, some posts are just dumb. Am i right? Come on, i don't care to hear your whole days schedule EVERY day. But to each their own. Thats the beauty and ugliness about facebook. We can all do and say what we feel like doing. Its "our" page or "our"opinion.
If ya talk to anyone, i don't care who, they will tell you that they have had a bad experience or a friend loss or a fractured relationship because of facebook. Its sad. Its life. The era of technology. I want it now and i'm gonna get it.
I didn't have any specific bad thing happen to me (this time) that prompted me to delete my account. I just think, here i sit saying over and over my fear for the next generation because of facebook and texting and cell phones and DS and Wii. There is no more face to face conversations happening. No more phone calls. We text because we just have one piece of info to share and heaven forbid we ever take a moment to chit chat with a friend or family member. I mean, when the last time you've asked or heard someone ask "How's your day going?" Its not as frequent as it used to or should be. Of course it still does happen. I have beautifully kind friends and we talk intimately and in depth. I love it. I have a super great group of people in my life. But i also have a super not great group of people in my life too. Thats life, huh?
If i boast of my dislike for facebook and my intentions to keep my kids away from technology forever (or close to that) what does it say about me that i come downstairs and quick (it never ends up quick) log onto facebook. And don't even get me offended or my day will be wasted with my kids. I'll be so conscious in my frustration in my head that i'll miss the present with my actual, palpable, right in front of me, kids. My beautiful loving and wanting babies. They just want time and i am not going to waste one minute of it thinking about anything other than what they are telling me. NO conversations are going to slip into my head. NO great comebacks. No great fact to prove someone wrong. Just love. Relationships are what matter the most.
But with that said, i also have so many dear friends on facbook that i only keep in contact with that way. I have developed great relationships, rekindled friendships and laughed at some of my amazing facebook friends. So, i miss them. I do miss it. I'm not saying i won't be back. I just won't yet.
We made it though life perfectly fine 15 years ago with out facebook and i am determined to remind my self of how to do that. And my kids, i can't be a hypocrite. So i guess i have to stay off here for awhile. Plus, you wouldn't believe all the deep cleaning and housework that I've gotten done since i haven't taken any "facebook breaks" that interrupted my groove in the laundry room.
So, to all 5 of you who will read this. There ya go. I am happy with my choice and i am determined to stick it out. I miss reading all of your posts, but i'll find you...don't you worry about that:)