Why I Quit Facebook

Guess what?  I quit Facebook (again).  Why, you ask?  Well, to quote Steve Tuttle over at Newsweek:

I had one of those Hallmark movie moments. I was sitting here at work thinking up my next pithy “status update,” which is where you broadcast to all your online buddies in a few words what you’re up to at that very moment—and finally came to my senses. “What the hell have I become?” I cried.

Here’s 10 reasons from Business Insider to quit if you need some political convincing.  But none of those are the real reasons why I decided to call it quits myself.

The more I “microblogged” over at Facebook, eagerly updating everyone on my meaningless daily moves (Yeah, right!?), the less I found myself writing blog posts here with any sustenance.  Has our attention span really decreased to 142 characters over the last 5 years?  Oh wait, that’s Twitter.  Haven’t canceled that account yet because I don’t really have to.  My posts here automatically transfer over. 

I guess I was just tired of planting and harvesting virtual crops, or maybe I don’t care what Lady Ga Ga song I am anymore.

I don’t feel the need to social network with people from grade school who I haven’t spoken to in twenty years.  Oh, and I never liked you much back then anyway.

In general, I’ve always been an outsider.  Maybe a boring outsider at times, but definitely an outsider.  So go on with your updates via the cell phone or IPad.  Go on telling your 463 friends what’s for dinner, or how boring your day was, or how much you can’t wait for happy hour.  Go on earning those Farmville ribbons and sharing those bushels of tomatoes.  Go on building that chicken coop on Frontierville (which took forever I might add because my damn friends would never send me nails!).  Go on checking your mood, sending ihearts, and joining meaningless pop culture groups. Go on…

I’ll just go back to the old days of blogging, the way it was back in the day when people actually had longer attention spans and more to say. 

And that’s all I have to say besides…

follow me on Twitter at @slyarbrough.

Okay, that’s all….

7 comments

    • I know, R.J. It is addictive, but I wanted to get myself into a more solid frame of mind to concentrate on my writing. Call me an over achiever, but I’m already contemplating the next book even though AYSD isn’t even out yet. Leaving Facebook was the best way to free up some computer time to devote to my efforts! 🙂

  1. I guess I never got in as deep as you have. Sure, I post a pithy status, but only once a day, and my blog feeds directly into facebook for those people who like to do everything in facebook. I might do a quiz one a month or so and I don’t actually play any of the games: they just got annoying. I suppose the real reason I like facebook is that I don’t get very personal on the blog, because it’s not just my blog, so facebook is a way for me to connect and network with other writers and artists and friends and family on a more intimate level than I choose to do on the blog. The blog is writer and reader focused. On facebook I can let a little bit more of “me” hang out. A me that would not necessarily be appropriate for a public blog.

    As for time suckage, I am only on FB for maybe 20 minutes to 1/2 hour total for the whole day. 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there, I don’t have fan pages or book pages to keep up with; it’s just me and I like the interaction. It’s different than on the blog, more personal, more fun.

  2. YES !!!!! You are free to write more !!! Focus, focus ,focus, write, write, write, we need more books, quit work, write full time……..

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