Posts Tagged ‘Social media’

I deactivated my Facebook account the other day. I’ll probably reactivate it again at some point but for the time being I can honestly say I’m not missing it. I’m surprised by this because Facebook had practically become a significant part of my daily routine. It was pretty much the first and last thing I would look at every day not to mention the dozen or so times I’d check it throughout. What I found though is it was increasingly irritating me. Not the website itself because it’s a very good social medium but the people on it were becoming unbearable. Not everyone obviously but enough people to convince me that I’d had enough of it.

The things that really irritated me were the endless pictures of people dying of cancer, pictures of baby scans, pictures of babies, song lyrics as statuses, statuses about how much someone loves their family, statuses about how they’re going to make a big change in their life (the people who write that do so every couple of weeks), terrible grammar, application invites and event invites to gigs I’m never going to attend. I also get really annoyed by some of the things that people like that I really hate. Things like Britain’s Got Talent, The Only Way is Essex, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Lee Evans. It makes me angry that people like those things and that is fundamentally my problem but I can’t help it.

Some of the things some people post on Facebook are really useful and/or entertaining. I like an intentionally funny or clever status update and I like it when people post things that are topical and interesting. I like it when people  post links to things I may not have read or seen before that I can check out for myself. I like it when people write about football because it interests me. I like it when girls come back from their holiday in a hot country and post pictures of themselves in their bikinis. I like the fact you can chat to people easily and send messages without having to trawl through a digital phone book. There are many aspects to Facebook that I do like but at the most the cons far outweigh the pros and my life hasn’t changed a great deal without it.

Twitter is a different story. I am hooked to Twitter. It’s far more truly social than Facebook is and it’s an incredibly useful tool when it comes to news and gossip. It also filters out the copious amounts of shit you can’t avoid on Facebook. I’m certain it’s all still there but you can go your whole time on Twitter without ever having to encounter it. Among the people I know, only a relatively small number of them are on Twitter. An even smaller number of them actually use it which I think is a shame. I understand how it can be difficult to adapt to it at first (I had my own difficulties to begin with) but if you persist you will soon come to terms with its brilliance and embrace it wholeheartedly.

The only problem with me not being on Facebook at the moment is that I’m not able to post the link to this blog on there. If hardly anyone reads this then I may have to re-evaluate my situation but if you could perhaps share it for me then I’ll be extremely grateful.