Lately I’ve been on the fence about whether my Facebook page is really a necessity. While it’s really convenient to deal with all my classmates in my nursing program and see what my friends are up to, I’m finding that I’m more aware of the lack of privacy it actually has and how it’s changing our culture for the worst.
I wasn’t a child of the internet, so I’m well aware of what it means to have actual phone skills and be able to chit-chat with strangers in a friendly manner. Basically, professionalism isn’t lost on me. I also can go days without updating my status, because I’m really not into publically bragging about things that mean nothing or displaying pics of what I ate for every stinkin’ meal.
It’s also getting to the point where privacy is an enigma. You already have Google tracking everything you search and then using that information to target ads at you. It gets creepy when you were searching for specific item on a random website and then suddenly every website has ads for that item. Yep, Google is my stalker. Now, you have Facebook displaying everything and anything you “liked” by using that information to target ads at your friends. There is even the option to share just about anything across the web on your timeline with the little Facebook icon that seems to be on any website known to mankind.
Facebook also creates problems I really don’t have the patience to deal with. Say, for instance, one of your friends doesn’t like something you posted. They comment on it, seem incredibly rude, and the silent war of words begins. Yep, Facebook can definitely bring out the worst in people. It’s like shoving hundreds of people into a little room, with a few people being as loud and boisterous as possible about religious and political views, and everyone just has to put up with it because you signed up for the torture. It literally has created waves in my life that I don’t need and I have found myself defending my point of view when I really didn’t need to in the first place.
Then there’s the whole problem with employment. While I don’t post risque or questionable content on my timeline (or anywhere), more employers are looking at Facebook profiles before offering jobs. Even though I’ve protected my Facebook profile as deep as it can go, I always wonder what someone could really find out about me. It also makes me wonder what is currently being compiled about who I am. As much as I want to believe that the government has the best interests at heart, nothing about what they’ve done in the past five years has made me doubt that they’d track me in a heartbeat. And, with the sudden emergence of agreeing with the Constitution getting you labeled “radical”, it makes me nervous.
While I don’t have any current plans to delete myself, it has crossed my mind… a lot. The idea of just living a life outside my computer is freeing and has a beautiful undertone to it I wouldn’t mind trying some time.