I don’t use Facebook. I know what you’re thinking. Liar! What about this post?
Okay, let me clarify. I stopped using Facebook after my second year of college. (And if anything, that post should offer some good explanations for why.)
Admittedly I lost touch with most of the people whom I went to high school with, but I was never left out. I still had Skype, email, and (wouldn’t you believe it?) text messaging. Gasp, so I could still communicate with people. Shocker.
Recently, against my better judgment, I decided to reenter the world of Facebook again. Why? Several (*ahem*) important reasons…
- My friend who lives 3,242 miles away urged me to rejoin. She and I have been keeping up primarily through text messages.
- There was a recent event I attended, and my friends all posted pictures. Normally they’d send me a email link to the pictures, knowing I don’t have Facebook, but there are usually photos that they missed.
- There are Facebook groups for the campus organizations I’m a part of.
- BECAUSE. JUST BECAUSE.
After a week of non-stop friend requests and bored clicking, here are my responses to the above points in order:
- Added friend. We don’t exchange a single word/comment/like on Facebook. She sends me a text message 4 days later and we continue our previous conversations… via text.
- Photos? The only thing that changed is now I have to deal with endless notifications about photos I’m tagged in .
- The Facebook groups for the campus clubs I’m in don’t seem to post anything of importance. When they do, they also send out an email to all their members anyway.
- No. Just no.
There is absolutely nothing worthwhile about rejoining, as I expected.
But it’s a good networking opportunity! On Facebook? Where people post pictures of cat memes and party pics?
You can keep in touch with friends on the other side of the globe! Facebook’s blocked in China, I thought you knew…
You miss important campus news and events! If they were truly important, they’d be forwarded to my email inbox. All the smart event organizers do that, anyway.
It gives you an ego boost when someone likes your photo. ADMIT IT. Eh. But I get more of an ego boost when I realize I have achieved more work in an hour at the library than someone else who surfs Facebook every 15 minutes.
So, BRB, deactivating Facebook again. Unless something dire comes up and requires me to use a social media site. In which case, hello? WordPress, anyone?
Extra reading on the merits and non-merits of Facebook by one of the most influential writers for college students of all time (disclaimer: no, it’s not me).