At one point, I was a big fan of Facebook. I saw its use and tickled to connect with friends from all phases of my life....yada, yada, yada. Then, the fun ended. Its constant changes, its perspective and the roller coaster of emotions on the news feed exhausted me everytime I logged on. It wasn't fun, anymore. Lastly, did you know that the only reason why the FB team made it difficult to turn off the comments and likes feature was to increase their appeal to their advertisers? It wasn't to further the social experience as they like to make us believe. That translates to millions of dollars in revenue for the young company. Kudos for them but a big turn off for me. Seriously, my friends in Bahrain don't need to see what comments I make to a friend of mine in Florida they are not connected with in anyway shape or form. I just felt like a big marketing experiment. So, I made a conscious decision to log off and stay off. Facebook free for over a week and counting.
You're probably thinking, "she'll be back." I don't think so. I did the same with Twitter a few years ago. My life is quieter. During this decision, I read two messages. One from an honest blogger that I love to visit from time to time. The other from my daily devotional that made my decision to sign off Facebook even easier.
First, in this original post, she speaks about a young man, Jake Davis, 19, that is banned from the internet indefinitely for internet hacking. He is facing extradition to the US for his charges and could be faced with several decades of imprisonment for his conduct on the web. Makes me shutter to think of this young man's bleak future for ungentlemen like behavior online...Scary.
Excerpt from his article on the Observer and what she included, too.
Second, I have the Our Daily Bread app on my smartphone. Yesterday's devotional reaffirmed my decision. The short post, The Lure of A Message, was moving but in fact it was the last line that did it for me. Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord. The author of the post proceeds to paraphrase from a book by Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, that states that we can't resist "the sense that there might be a message out there for us." I'll have to download the book to my Kindle, later. The post proceeds to summarize Samuel receiving his first message from God and how he confused God's voice with someone else's. That happens so often to all of us.
Both instances emphasize a quieter time where you have time to be part of the real world to listen and act upon what is expected of you in real terms. We can all agree that time reading statuses and tweets are taking us away from our other interests and obligations. I've completely eliminated magazine subscriptions and reading literature because somehow I just haven't had the time...humm....I wonder why?
Now, I'm NOT swearing off the internet. I can expand on the many pros for its uses but why bore you with more details. I enjoy this space. It's my journal, message board and creative outlet for all to see. I don't talk about it in the real world, which still baffles me. When I did advertise it on the big social media sites, I felt embarrassed and overexposed. On this space, I will continue to share creatively my perspective on things and the places I have traveled with family, friends and subscribers, however, in more than 150 word snippets.