I deactivated my personal account. And then I went through my old account (which had been deactivated some time ago) and unfriended everyone – so that I could use Facebook for Soul Munchies only. If you didn’t like Soul Munchies, then you couldn’t hang out with my on Facebook. It wasn’t because I wanted to be exclusive – anyone can like and comment on the page – it was simply because I needed to focus my time and energy on things other than Facebook.
But you guys … geesh … I didn’t realize how much Facebook helped me build community. I am closer to my IRL (in real life) friends because of Facebook. And I have more of an extended community because of Facebook. I actually don’t like talking on the phone. Despise it in fact. And texting … well, it just takes up too much time with you’ve got a baby crawling all over the place. By the time I find the number in my contact list, I’ve forgotten what it is I was going to tell the person to begin with.
But with Facebook – I can log on, see the latest update, and instantly comment. It’s like having coffee with people at all hours of the day.
So I reactivated Facebook. And I’ll continue to use it as a tool to build community. Because that’s the world I live in. One where technology really does make things easier.
Sure, there are a whole lot of things one can say about how because of technology, we don’t know how to have in person conversations anymore. And all sorts of other things that technology takes away from us … but to be perfectly honest, Facebook has given me a way to connect to people I might not connect with in other ways.
No more cutting out Facebook. But I did delete the app from my phone. And I haven’t been as active on Facebook as I once was. So perhaps there’s a middle ground to be found …