It’s done. I’m out of the biggest social networking service after years of using it. It has come to a point that this service has become too distracting.
Why you may ask? Several things:
1) Facebook has become a “bad” habit that sucks time better spent on doing something more productive.
2) Less is more. I have one social networking service left: Twitter. It’s a better source for news–and it’s not too disruptive.
3) For digital natives like me, the decision is easier. There are alternative social networking services that make more sense. And it protects your privacy.
4) Digital detox: I’m finding more time writing in this blog; reading news on mobile aggregators like Flipboard and Zite. I also purged all mobile messaging services. I’m back to using SMS and e-mail. Better, a phone call.
5) I want get rid of my F.O.M.O. syndrome.
6) One of my colleagues inspired me to do this: She’s on Instagram. That’s it. She shares what she thinks is worth seeing. None of the foodie and scenic shots that make friends envious and angry.
7) There’s life after Facebook. It’s about time that we connect not just digitally, but physically.
My list of reasons will grow, I suppose. But I believe this decision was not made in haste. It was coming. It was inevitable. It was a deliberate move to help me reconnect with my kids, my family, and my friends in very traditional ways.
Now, I can breathe a little more.