Quit Facebook Day
Apparently, May 31st 2010 is Quit Facebook Day.
Exactly one week from today (Monday), over 14,000 people have pledged to quit Facebook in protest of their shady terms and conditions and violation of privacy.
Many of us don’t see their privacy changes as a huge problem. For instance, my phone number and address isn’t anywhere on the site because I never put it in there. However it does link to all my family members, friends, and often statuses that say my location.
However a decisive day to end Facebook is extremely compelling to me. I’ve been contemplating the pros and cons (have you all noticed I love pros and cons?) of keeping my account and am still unsure.
Pro: FB is the absolute easiest and best way for me to keep in contact with friends I only see once and a while, cousins who live in other states, etc.
Con: FB is the absolute easiest and best way for people I don’t like to contact me.
Pro: FB is the perfect platform to start discussions with a wide variety of people with different views and morals, allowing a mix of all my friends and acquaintances to share ideas and viewpoints.
Con: FB is the perfect platform for people to spew uncredited, untrue misinformation to masses of people quickly and without discourse.
Pro: Though I read the news and have a Twitter, I do get a lot of information through Facebook, mostly friends and fanpages posting news links, happenings, events, etc.
Con: I could get almost all that same information through Twitter.
Pro: I can further get to know a person I otherwise have not.
Con: I find that I like many people less once I have them on Facebook. With the ease of information spreading, I tend to see the bad sides of many people and often hateful or ignorant views I wouldn’t have otherwise known about them. Likewise I’m sure many people have lost interest in being friends with me after learning my views on some things.
My main concern with having a personal account is that sometimes, its an overload of information to me. Life would be less distraction-filled without Facebook, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up the Pros along with the Cons yet.
Are any of you quitting Facebook at the end of the month?
If you aren’t, you can become a fan of me on Facebook!
If you are, you can follow me on Twitter!