Why I Left Facebook, and Why I Returned


Last year, around this time, I got a little “Like Happy”on Facebook and liked a post that made a statement that wasn’t “quite” true… I got “slapped” by a few friends, calling me on the accuracy of the statement. And in my frustrated embarrassment, I left Facebook in a fit of pique.

For a long while it was wonderful, it cut down on the noise in my life, it freed up time that otherwise would have been sucked into the cyber-vortex of browsing my news feed. I kept my account active, because I do some administration on clients’ Facebook pages, but I didn’t post, or read my news feed for months and months.

The best part was the quiet. The worst was the loss of information, the loss of connection.

Like it or not, Facebook is a global communication medium, an arena where people of all ages “gather” in cyberspace to share information, to boast a bit, to express viewpoints as well as sympathy and prayers. It provides a way to reach large groups of people quickly and easily. I don’t think it’s reach can be duplicated in any other way.

So, here I am, back on Facebook… liking posts, cruising my newsfeed, boasting a bit and enjoying the feeling of being just a little more connected.