Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit, Hi5, Badoo, and so on…for quite a while now I’ve been contemplating deactivating my Facebook account. I’ve never joined Badoo (and I highly do not recommend it), I deleted myself from Hi5 many years ago, and the only social networking sites that I visit almost daily are Facebook and Twitter. I find Facebook extremely useful in terms of networking on a hobby and even on a business level. However, it is only an option. It is not the only way to network online. In fact, networking started way before Facebook ever emerged.
Almost 2 years ago I came up with 10 reasons why people should join Facebook (targeted at those who didn’t know why they should join the site). Although I still stand by my 10 reasons why people should join Facebook, after several years of “hanging out” on there I’m actually starting to think that it’s just a waste of time after a while. Especially on a social level.
A few of my friends are not on Facebook or we’ve not added each other. Nevertheless, we stay in touch through emails, or other platforms. All my close friends and family talk to me directly (face-to-face) or they call, text, email…wherever in the world they may be. We actually only share pictures or random crap on FB. Important and private messages are sent to me via email…which means everyone knows how to get in touch with me. This means, that the only ‘useful’ thing about Facebook is that all your friends get to see your random life updates (location, images, relationship status, parties, sentiments, etc.) and you get to see theirs. Then there are those who lurk (i.e. they can see all your personal information but they have manually blocked you from seeing anything of theirs).Stay tuned to my list of 10 reasons why you should delete your Facebook account. I’ll have to think of a valid 10 points.