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Like a Petri Dish Filled With Friendship Germs

If I were an impulsive person, I would have disabled my Facebook account today. I don't know why, but I've been hit by a wave of annoyance and fatigue with its effect on my life.

I may be attributing too much power to a website, and I'm sure there are "healthy" patterns of usage and interaction by many people who are better than me.

Tonight, though, I just don't get the point.

Not that I am not anti-technology. In fact, a great part of my desire to rid myself of Facebook is that it seems redundant. I would much rather have people interact with me via Twitter, my blog, or Google Reader. And of course, good "old-fashioned" email. And if you don't care enough to connect with me on any of these levels...then we're not actually connecting. It's just a (possibly mutual) sort of stalking.

I almost wish I were more impulsive so that I had disabled Facebook and I could just shrug and say it's done and move on. But Facebook is sneaky and it's just as easy to re-enable your account as it is to disable it. So I'd probably do that in the morning and no one would even notice I'd been gone.

end rant.


Steve said…
Go real old fashioned. Write a letter and send it Canada Post! :)
Jill B said…
Ya...i`ve been having the same thoughts. I still haven`t decided...but the idea of how many hours of facebook may take up my life if I don`t disconnect gives me the hebey-gebbeys...and yet, I haven`t made the move....

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