- Posted May 15, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Living without Facebook?
Was there, very actively, but left
- rachel8, CNN iReport producer
Almost 1.5 years ago, I suddenly stopped my Facebook and permanently removed my account. I had many reasons to do that but I count a few here.
Like any other social network, Facebook started to be flooded with ordinary people. When it was started, it was a good tool for me to stay in contact with exceptionally talented and successful people, but then ordinary people came. This is not a bad thing, but the problem starts when you realize that for most ordinary people, these social networks are more like a gossiping tool to extract information about others. Soon I noticed that there are some people with inactive accounts who keep checking my profile regularly and use the information to talk behind my back with others. In a few situations this caused problems.
Other than that, I learned that I'm spending a reasonable amount of time maintaining this account, while as a doctoral student I could use that time for many other things that are more productive. Facebook is a private network focused on non-technical information sharing, so my activities couldn't help my career (leave alone the potential for future employers to use minor details from there to cause problems for my employment). I do tweet frequently, but tweets are technical and it helps my networking and connections with others for career opportunities on the community.
Other than these factors, I found Facebook itself as changing frequently and becoming over-complex. What I had liked about earlier versions of Facebook was its simplicity that is lost recently.
All in one, I removed my account, and it was such a huge surprise for me that I never went back and felt that I gained too much time everyday for productive works.
As the bottom line, I'd like to address a point that some people mention when you say you have/had an active Facebook: they usually respond like "Then you shouldn't. Just have an account but don't put too much info there." Here this is against my philosophy in life that you have to acquire tools to use them, not to keep them useless. Facebook is designed (like any other tool) to be used for a purpose, and that purpose is not to have an inactive account to spy on your friends, and since I didn't want to use Facebook in the way it was supposed to be used, I decided to stop and remove my account.