Fate works in mysterious ways, and today it prompted me to click on the Freshly Pressed button for the first time [I haven’t looked at the FP’d pages since WordPress changed the interface ages ago].
What did I see? A post about why someone quit Facebook.
Given my ongoing ambivalence towards Facebook, I just had to see what it said. And lo… I found all the reasons Facebook is not for me!
Originally published as “The Sosyal Network” in the Manila Bulletin, October 26, 2011
I recently shut down my Facebook account. This is partly for pragmatic reasons: doing so has saved me a lot more time for work and leisure reading. It is partly for security reasons: like most people, I live with an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and am in constant fear of creepy strangers looking at my bikini photos.
I do not regret it. Getting rid of my Facebook account has liberated me from the bondage of constantly keeping up with my peers. I no longer know where everyone else is going and with whom and what they are doing there, and I no longer feel bad or uncool about not being there too. It has also saved me the trouble of trying to find good photos of myself to post, and evaluating my self-worth on the number of…
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