“You can watch this while I find someone who will perform a marriage ceremony between a crazed fan and a celebrity teen hostage. To the Internet!”
– The Fairly Odd Parents
Savvy just did something which, considered in light of current societal attitudes and the fact that a movie title The Social Network was just released, is quite brave. She deleted her Facebook. Apparently it took hours of dogged, single-minded determination and clicking, but she did it.
I confess, I’ve toyed with the idea myself. Truthfully, the hours I’ve spent on that ridiculous thing will shame me when we’re all dead and get to watch the Big Movie of our lives.
However, I have a qualm. Surprisingly I do use Facebook for its original intent: to keep track of people. Having trucked over the world, keeping in touch with people can be a chore. It’s the same reason why I’ve never changed my Hotmail address: I got it when I was 12 or 13 and across the years have given it out to friends/contacts/employers in multiple countries. It’s the only way I keep in touch with a whole army of correspondents, I couldn’t do something so stupid as to change it simply because Gmail is en vogue (yes, yes, and better, yes I heard you).
Frankly, though, as the years have gone by, I’ve winnowed down my own social network quite a bit. Scarlett, Peregrine, Jane, and Venice are far off, but I still communicate with them regularly. Margot, Marie, Tink, and Angel, though busy, are still nearby. The majority of people I see everyday… I see everyday: Hennessy, Wise, Susie, Sav, and Vodka, as well as the traffic clerks. I regularly bump into Sadie on campus and we often get together with my whole godfamily to play, usually at least once a month. And now that my parents live on the same continent as I do, keeping in touch with them has never been easier.
So…what do I really use Facebook for?
Honestly, the occasional glimpse into long gone friends’ lives (once every six months), to keep in touch with Gio as he heads off into his first year of adventure at university (daily), and to play stupid games (also daily, shamefully). In other words, with very few exceptions, nothing really valuable.
I don’t know if I have the moral fortitude to completely go cold turkey as the indomitable Sav did…but I am thinking that I really need to start weaning myself off it.
Make your voices heard, minions! Have you ever rethought your relationship with your techie relationships? How many people would simply vanish from your life if you ditched Facebook, Twitter, and whatever bastard cousin of theirs has popped up recently? And would you miss these people if they melted away? How much of your life would disappear, and how much of it would you get back if you tuned out? Weigh in.