Lately, I’ve become a little disenchanted by Facebook.
I actually had a Facebook account way before it was cool, before the site skyrocketed and the twenty-something founders became billionaires.
Back then, I didn’t quite “understand” it and not very many people I knew had accounts so, for a long time, my account was stagnant. I even closed it down once because its purpose was unclear to me.
Then, everyone (and their brother) started an account so I jumped back in. How exciting to see photographs and updates from my next-door neighbor, my coworkers, my high school buddies, and my out-of-state friends!
But then – it started to feel superficial to me. I realized that a single e-mail, phone call, letter, or visit with friend was more worthwhile than reading a hundred facebook status updates.
I also looked at the ROI of my time spent and found it to be somewhat unsatisfactory.
- If I craft a blog post, I am potentially impacting thousands of people, plus honing my writing skills.
- If I write a thank you card, I am brightening someone’s day.
- If I send out a partnership query to a company, I am potentially building an important business relationship.
- If I do my laundry and load the dishwasher, I am creating a happy, peaceful environment for my family to thrive in.
- If I bake with my 3-year-old, I am investing in her life.
- If I make my 6-month-old laugh, I am making the world a better place – for her, for me, for everyone who hears it and sees her gummy smile.
But if I spend hours on facebook? Quite frankly, there’s not much to “show” for my time spent.
All that said, I’m not giving up on Facebook yet. I sincerely appreciate getting “glimpses” into other people’s lives – their joys, successes, sadnesses, struggles.
I just can’t keep up with all of the quizzes, games, gifts, and fan clubs.
So I’m going to let it go. I’m not going to jump out completely. I’m just going to step back “into the shadows.”
I’ll check in from time-to-time, but you won’t find me splashing you with a waterballoon or sending you a rose or playing Mafia Wars.
There are more important things (ahem…people) in my life:
YOUR TURN: What’s your “take” on Facebook?