I resisted Facebook and Twitter, the same way I resisted getting a smart phone for so long. It sounded like fun, but I worried that another online avenue would consume even more of my time, time I felt I should be spending in the 3D world. As it is, the Internet can steal my life the same way a cat is supposed to steal a baby's breath. Please say I am not the only one this happens to, where I can sit down at my computer on a Saturday morning, with the best of intentions (e.g., catch up), and suddenly I look up, it's well past noon, and I wonder what happened!
I'm not a Luddite--I didn't resist because of the unknown. My company, which provides a paycheck for my 9-5 work, designs and develops software analytics for social media companies. So perhaps being cognizant of how much time I already spent online, I did not pursue the other outlets. But as time passed, and people kept asking if Everyday Beauty was on Facebook and Twitter, I decided to expand my network.
Then one day I was contacted by someone I went to grad school with and haven't seen in years. She wanted to tell me that someone posing as me on Facebook was asking my connections for money. I know I sometimes overspend on beauty items, but things haven't gotten that bad yet. When I did some further investigation, I discovered that "I" had also messaged several people at my company, including board members and C-level executives. Working in high tech, I know the importance of a solid password, so this breech confirmed my suspicions that Facebook has almost no security, is totally hackable. Though not terribly surprised, I felt angry and humiliated. Someone who doesn't know me, such as a board member, might have no problem believing I was spending a drunk night on the Internet, and writing, "Hey, dude, what's up?" Not cool.
I immediately requested that my Facebook accounts be permanently deleted, not temporarily deactivated, which is the default. No one will ever see me on Facebook again. Not under my given name, anyway.
As for Twitter, I gave it the old college try, but I do not care for the peripatetic, somewhat disjointed format, not to mention all the retweets I could care less about. I have no plans to take such drastic measures with my Twitter account, and I may pop in from time to time, but I doubt I will be a regular.
I have come to realize that between research, reading, photography, writing, editing, and following links, I can easily spend 30 hours or more each week in the blogosphere. It is fun, it really is! But this is what my online world is starting to feel like:
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I need to reign it in a bit because my human-interactive life is starting to feel like this:
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How do the rest of you feel about all of these online social outlets? Love, hate, indifferent? In expanding our global reach through the Worldwide Web, are we losing the human touch with the world around us? If you think so does it bother you?