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Friday, May 28, 2010

The 'F' word...

Today I made a decision to eliminate the 'F' word from my vocabulary....Yep no more Facebook for me. I have had many issues with it over the past few months, mostly with other people on Facebook, not the site itself. I actually really love that I have been able to re-connect with some old friends. For that, Facebook is a great tool. But lately I have felt like it is a poison that I don't want in my life anymore. More often than not I found myself reading other peoples posts/comments that were hurtful, annoying and just plain upsetting. I was sick of biting my tongue when someone posted something that I STRONGLY disagreed with and got under my skin....oh how badly I wanted to comment about how lame, selfish, stupid and ridiculous they were being.
I have seen firsthand how this 'tool' can be used in dangerous ways....for example...
Spending hours on FB each day
Bullying
Online affairs,
and yes even counting their conversations on FB as their monthly Visiting Teaching/Home Teaching. (WHAT?!)
I even know people that can't post certain events/pictures on their wall because of the wrath that others will give them for not including them. (Really are we still in JR. High?)

My mom told me that in her ward her bishop announced, from the pulpit, how dangerous social networks are and that they should think twice about creating accounts with them.
Besides the above reasons I also worry about privacy issues that I have been reading about. The last thing that I want is to have some stranger know personal information about me.
Since 99% of the population have a facebook account, I'm sure that many of you are upset or disagree with everything that I have just typed, and that is your right to disagree with me... It won't change how I feel about it. I guess my sweet friend Jenn had it right all along.
Isn't it amazing how Satan can use tools like this against us? Sad really.

Soap box over, you may now return to your regularly scheduled program (or go post something on your FB wall, LOL).

9 comments:

Super Angie Waibel Miske said...

You'll be missed and hopefully the mentioned problems you wrote about won't be problems for you anymore.

*HUGS*

Tara said...

HAHAHA! Love it and agree. I am pretty careful about what I post and if others post something I don't agree with I "hide" them or block them completely. But I do agree it can be addicting and I limit myself! But great idea. I may take a hiatus

ShaneWendy said...

I love how stated exactly how I have been feeling lately. I commend you for your efforts. Our bishop is about to give the same speech your bishop did tomorrow in a combined meeting with the priesthood and relief society. I am glad that you still believe in blogging! :o) F.Y.I. Shane and I's blog has now gone to private. So if you would like to still read my blog. I need your email address so I can send you an invite. send me your email address at wseyersdahl@gmail.com. Thanks for being a great woman who I look up to with great admiration!

Tawnie said...

What a great decision. I am glad we hooked up again through FB but totally agree that it is dangerous and at time JR high. Good judgement on your part and thanks for the example. I'll check your blog every now and them.

Donna said...

Like everything we do, we must remember moderation in all things and keeping control. I know several who have done the same thing as you. Always do what is best for you!

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jenn said...

WooHoo! I love being right!
I'm sorry for your FB drama.
Love you friend!

Ryan said...

How is this any different then Blogging??? People still spend hours reading it... People still read/leave comments.
It seems to me that if you are really going to cut out social network sites, this one ought to go also.
Don't get mad at me. I am just giving my two cents. And don't feel the need to bite your tongue either.
It sounds more like the root problem is the people you are dealing with. Regardless of how they voice themselves, Facebook, Blog, In Person, etc, you are going to run into this issue. One solution would be to cut out the people instead of cutting out the medium.

Me

HaroldM22 said...

What must be must be. ............................................................