I gave up facebook

Okokok … so its only the 4th post and I’m already straying from the original theme of music and/or theology, but its my blog, so I can do what I want.

A week or two ago, I decided to take the plunge and “deactivate” my facebook account.  It was strangely relieving to “stick-it-to-the-man,” however insignificant it may be.

Why you ask?  Here’s what I told them when they asked me why I was leaving:

While facebook allows me to “stay in touch” with friends, the contact is indirect, and asynchronous.  This dilutes the siginificance of the “friendships” on facebook.  Though I have 1,147 “friends,” the few friends I interact with on facebook I also interact with in real life.  From the rest, I recieve too many invites, page suggestions, group suggestions, application suggestions, and other such spam.  Facebook becomes yet another inbox of junk mail to sort through.  In addition status updates similar to twitter in functionallity have become a virtual soapbox to satiate our attention-seeking culture…myself included.

Though I enjoyed having facebook for 5+ years, and sometimes enjoy reading status updates from old friends, I have decided that maintaining friendships requires more than sitting at a computer screen.

Thank you for all the work you’ve put into this website.  It has truly come a long way over the years and I am sad to go.  Now I’m wondering where I’ll post to the world the fact that I’ve left facebook.

So perhaps there’s some irony in me posting this. Sorry for the rant, I better get back to stuff that matters…

Author: adamkurihara

Minister of Worship Arts at NSCBC in Beverly, MA

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