I understand that this is the way people “stay in touch” with one another, but I honestly haven’t felt closer to anyone via this mode of communication.
If anything, I think my relationships have actually gotten more detached, and with the combination of people’s busyness with their own stuff, and the ability to only occasionally thumbs up what someone else has going on, I haven’t really felt anymore involved with anyone.
I miss the old days of long phone calls and letters and regular get togethers. I miss feeling a part of a visceral community. I am old fashioned in this way. I had hoped that being in touch with more people would help me find those things, just in a different way. But it hasn’t.
I used to feel close to people. It’s not that I blame Facebook for this sense of social deterioration in my life. It is much more layered than that. I don’t think the solution to this is going to be found on there, on Twitter, on here even. I suppose in today’s world this would be considered a foolish form of isolation. It’s considered practically essential for any professional and personal propulsion.
I just want to get out of it for awhile. To not see world through that lens, those images that we create of ourselves, for ourselves and others.
Here is a clearer, and more well-written exploration of reasons to deactivate.