Facebook. Sheesh. What can I say about it? I've come to the realization that, like many creatives do, I feel that when I use Facebook I have a welcome audience of people who hang on my every word. I think a lot of people treat it this way and begin to speak from a perspective of a welcome and willing audience that wants to actually hear what you have to say, when it reality, it's a method to sell you stuff. In the past, my Facebook use has been to connect with friends and stay in touch with people, but I'm seriously of the mind to think that it's not useful for this anymore. In fact, it's more of a way to stalk people than anything. We dump a lot of our personal information on the internet and family members, friends, and other individuals feel like they really know us. When in fact, they don't . We have been convinced that Facebook friends matter. We've been convinced that Facebook pages are the true way to get customers. We've been convinced of a lot of things about Facebook. And if you have a steady stream of money to pump into Facebook, then sure, it might be useful. But more often than not, it's become a place that really and truly is scamming us into believing that this is the way that the world works now.
I've come to the realization that Facebook is replacing some things in my life that I really want back, like honest, real relationships with physical people in the world. There are a lot better content delivery services out there in the world. I've been neglecting this blog a lot. I've been neglecting a lot of things. And ultimately any service should be evaluated for it's effectiveness. If it's effective, go for it. If it's not, consider eliminating it.
So I'm giving myself, during this Christmas season, 30 days of no Facebook. And going to just try to make it habit of not checking it and replace it with something that would work infinitely better. I'm sure there is something out there. Reading, playing with my daughters, and many other fulfilling things that don't involve a website that I feel compelled to check all the time. So if you're looking for my Facebook profile, it's gone. I'm leaving the social network. I'm sure at one time, it was useful, but I'm no longer participating. I'm taking my attention elsewhere. :)