I recently quit FB. Here's why: I was thinking in terms of interesting FB status updates. Cute stuff DD was doing, updates about where we were on the planet. For some reason I was afraid that if I dropped it, all kinds of things would happen that I would miss out on. Well, a couple days after I left, an old friend of mine died. Someone called me to tell me. Whew! Guess I didn't have to worry about that after all.
I found out things I wouldn't necessarily known about family members that made me feel a little uncomfortable. Like, gaybashing isn't something that comes up during conversation at a once-every-five-years dinner, but it is right there on FB. It wasn't like I could undo what I'd just read but my opinion of this person is forever tainted now. I would have preferred my ignorance about that one.
I noticed that I was not being as good a friend as I had in the past. I used to call people up and chat now and again, or send an interesting letter to them in the mail. In recent times, it was just "look at the cute picture DD drew" and the like. Too much of FB was artificial and goodnewsy.
I originally used it to reconnect with folks, but that has petered off in recent months...so, no real need anymore.
At any rate, I collected everyone's email addresses and deleted everything from the account. I'm almost finished with the entire 5 years and reading through all the posts has been like a diary. weird! I copied the posts into a document in case I need to put things in a babybook that I'm so far behind on....but it's been so freeing! FB was a huge timewaster for me.