I hate how much Facebook has interfered with my life. And that’s entirely my fault.
I spend more time updating my status, uploading videos and tagging photos than I do more productive things like, oh, read books and working out.
It sucks my time, drains my energy and, to be honest, stresses me out.
Research shows that Facebook users with a lot of friends actually suffer from stress and “neurotic limbo” from feeling they have to continually update and amuse their audience.
And I know too much about people — more than I ever wanted to know. I know what people ate for dinner, what they’re planning to do tomorrow, what time they “checked in” at work, what they bought for Christmas, what they want for Christmas, how they feel about Christmas.
It’s all too much.
So when I read a story about Facebook resistors in yesterday’s New York Times, I felt a twinge of envy.
Here are people who have either never joined the social media site — or have but quit. They are not one of the 800 million active users around the world, or two-thirds of the American population.
The story points out that some people feel the site does the opposite of its goal to connect people; they feel alienated. Instead of picking up the phone and calling friends, we browse their profiles. Instead of sharing meals with them, we’re leaving funny or snarky comments on their photos.
There are some days when I’m so over it.
One of my pals online reduced the number of his friends to 746. (By comparison, I have 3,460.) And I know at least six people — including my boyfriend — who refuse to even sign up.
Imagine all that I could do? I could train for a triathlon, pick up a new hobby, learn French, maybe write a book.
Instead, I can just post about it.
Days left: 24
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