Friday, December 4, 2009

The Best Day of My Life.

Not everyone knows this about me, but I have become increasingly hostile towards Facebook. I joined about two years ago, not really knowing what it was, I was just bored at work. It was fine at first. Just something for me to look at when I couldn't find anything else to do. However, the more friends I was connected to, the more I grew to dislike it. I found that more and more people would update their status, saying something vague just so people would ask questions, and it was clearly only a cry for attention. While this may be acceptable to some people, I find that there are few things that bother me more. So, as I found myself starting to complain about Facebook and truly loathe the idea of social networking, I decided it was time for me to cut it out from my life. I waited for a while, trying to find the perfect time to rid myself of the plague on my life only because I didn't want everyone in the world that I know to think that I hated them, assuming that I had disfriended them instead of them knowing that I had deactivated my account. Then I realized one day how it doesn't even matter. I just wanted to do it and be done. So yesterday, I said goodbye. And today was the day. I did it. I deleted my account. I am no longer a member of Facebook, and I feel fantastic about it.
In case you are all now wondering what happens when you deactivate your account, and how to do it, I will tell you. First of all, you look under "Settings" and then you click "Deactivate". Then it takes you to a new page, where it tries to suck you back in by telling you that specific people will miss you. I was not swayed. Then it asks for the reason why you are leaving. I'll just tell you now, "I hate Facebook" is not on the list of options. So I chose "other". It then asks you to explain further. This is what I wrote.
"I have no use for Facebook in my life. Any of the people I truly care about, I keep in touch with without Facebook. People that update their status regularly, I find annoying. Every time I would log into my account, I found myself becoming irritated with the people that were my "friends". Deactivating my account is going to not only make me very happy, but I believe it will also improve the quality of my life. And I am being completely serious. So thanks for allowing me to be a part, but this is really goodbye."
And that was the end of it. It was a little anticlimactic as the page it took me to after that told me that I just had to log in using my same information again, and I could just choose to have everything back to how it was. I wanted everything to be destroyed with no hope of any sort of recovery, but whatever. All that matters is that Facebook and I are over.

10 comments:

Rosie and Derek said...

Ha, that's great! I bet you won't miss it a bit. I just don't bother checking facebook much so it doesn't get on my nerves easily.

Malinovka said...

I'm sorry that it was such an annoyance to you! I'm sure you're very happy to have it cut off! I know what you mean about people being annoying on Facebook, though. I have deleted a few friends because of that! Most of my friends are actually pretty good about not doing dumb stuff on Facebook. But, I'm sure you're happier without it! I might think about deleting my account, except it may be the only way for me to keep in touch with some people.

L said...

I'm so happy for you, but I was wondering if you knew you could block certain people from your news feed. I've struggled with deleting the people but found that I can just delete their stupid bragging, lame status updates. (I might be bitter about some can you tell? :-))

Anonymous said...

And yet...we post an online blog to tell everyone...yay for the ease of electronic communication.

Corinne said...

You are so funny, I love this post! And way to stick it to the man...

Corinne said...

You are so funny, I love this post! And way to stick it to the man...

Craig Rowley said...

Yeah! Well done Kristen. I knew you could do it! I'm so proud of you.

Charlotte said...

I still think you're a little crazy about it. But whatever. :) I'm glad you're happy about it.

Princess Zelda said...

Way to stand up against the norm. . .one day, I may have the courage to do the same thing!

Happy Wanderers said...

This is hilarious! I feel the same way about facebook, however, as Robyn said, it really is the only way I can keep in touch with a few people. So, until they start charging, I just peek in once in awhile and try to keep myself from getting 'sucked in'. :P But I LOVED your message to them! :)