I was embarrassed by my stupidity (get my drift? I felt stupid because I know better) and in an attempt to stop it from going further, I deactivation my account. I don't even know if it stopped it but I felt I had to remove myself anyway.
I know with a few clicks I can reactivate the account. When I took that step I figured I would go back eventually but the longer I go 'deactivated' the better I like it.
I know Facebook is a time sucker, (Pam's phrase and so appropriate) but I didn't realize how much of a time sucker it was for me. Let me not be too dramatic but I feel a bit of freedom.
For the record I did create a Twitter account but have never used it. I don't think anyone cares if I'm having coffee, a sandwich or in the bathroom. And I can't compete with Ashton Kutcher's followers so what's the point?
Honestly there are some good ways to use Facebook. It has gotten me back in touch with several friends from high school and even a couple from childhood. That's pretty neat but after "Hi, how are you?" there's not much else to say, at least on Facebook. If we were face to face there might be more but I have lived without these people for nearly 40 years (oh gawd, did I write that??) so what's the big draw now? I don't even go to high school reunions.
Let me think about some of the positives about Facebook:
- It reminds me of birthdays. That's nice but I can remember the most important ones on my own.
- I did learn that Paul's cousin was in the hospital. That was a big one, although I assume they would have called before long.
- It's let me offer words of comfort and concern to people. I can do that with a card or a phone call.
- It has given me an opportunity to see some photos that I wouldn't otherwise. That's a loss, but I'll survive.
- It gave me a chance to share some of my blog posts. I didn't do it regularly so no great loss.
Some people in my business stress the importance of social networking and recommend having a Facebook page. So I guess I'm losing that connection with some of my younger clients but I'll risk that. So there are some positives but nothing life altering.
But the one really important positive of NOT having a Facebook page is that it frees up some time and creativity (that may be a stretch) to spend writing and keeping up with some of the blogs I have neglected. Far more valuable ways to spend my time.
Just now when I ran spell check on this post, the word Facebook came up as a misspelled word. That tells me something right there.