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    Living without Facebook?

    Did you delete me?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     brycenickers says he left Facebook because he needed freedom. After leaving the site he still has friends that urge him to reconsider getting back on. But in the end he considers the site to be a fad. 'I'm sure Facebook will be around the rest of my life. To what extent I do not know. Remember chat rooms, ICQ, MSN, Hi5, Myspace? The social evolution continues, some longer lasting than others,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer


    Do you remember when we patiently waited for The Facebook to add our college to one of its to slowly expanding list of accepted .edu's. There was a sense of elitism that we all enjoyed. it was a delightfully eclectic group of college educated, like minded individuals of around the same age. We were all part of the same click, we just didn't know each other yet. Every person you met on campus was your next new friend in virtual reality. (and it was the norm) Facebook was allowing us to make connections we normally didn't pursue.


    Deal with it, we were the beginning of the end of the Facebook empire. Of course that was just the start. It was every additional expansion that finally sunk the elitist regime. After a short run of collegiate domination the newly booming internet power decided to empower youth. The high school aged youth. This was initially a problem for us,we complained for a few months but it was soon forgotten. We seem to do that a lot, resist the change and finally give in, after all, change is good.
    However, our sense of elitism had nearly diminished. It finally vanished once anyone with an email was allowed to join.


    We all crave a sense cohesion, Facebook still provides that. It allows you to keep in contact with people who are far away. It also allows you to keep in contact with those you normally wouldn't, for that we thank you Facebook. It's just that you have gotten too big for me Facebook and it's time to move on, let you run your course. You have become to needy and opinionated; I can't have that in a relationship.


    I didn't want to go, but I had to. I had to enjoy the real world, enjoy real life experiences I could share with others in person.

    Following in the steps of a good friend, I dropped "the book" like a bad habit. Having been offline for 6 months now I feel no remorse. Sure, I get a text message every couple weeks asking if I deleted them as a friend. I found the question more strange as time passed. How do you delete a friend? They are either your friend or they aren't, right?

    I now spend my time offline enjoying life, riding bike, meeting new people, sharing memories.

    I love it.

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