NYT Mag Declares “Facebook Exodus”

Posted on: Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Posted in: Unplugging, Blog | One comment

Read all about it:  Maybe Facebook is just another fad—destined to go the way of the CB radio (Go ahead break!)  In this short but expert article, Virginia Heffernan describes the not-so hidden motives of FB, including to create profiles of YOU as a CONSUMER and compete with Google.  Some former enthusiasts have had enough, and are happily moving on. 
Why?  Here are some of the reasons cited…
  • “One person…disliked how nosy it made her.” 
  • “Another thought the scene had turned desperate.”
  • “A third feared stalkers.” 
  • “A fourth believed his privacy had been compromised.” 
  • “Facebook is the devil.” 
  • It “felt dead.” 
Heffernan describes that FB has had a handful of waves of quitters.  Believe it or not, one happened when copyright problems caused FB to stop offering Scrabulous.  Another group got annoyed by the way FB claims ownership of user contributions.  Some just lose interest.  And others—my favorite reason—get “creeped out.”  Ish! 
Some of us have a healthy/unhealthy love/hate relationship with FB and its many kissing cousins.  Sure, it’s easy to get lost (for hours) carousing on, as some call it, a “timesuck.”  But when that experience ends, was it fulfilling?  Did we truly connect with anyone?  Could a beer with a friend or a phone call to a loved one possibly be more meaningful? 
Decide for yourself.  But for the sake of your other myriad interests—and that friend and loved one—remember to unplug now and then.  After all, real roses smell so much better than fake ones. 
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