13 May 2010

Why I Deleted My Facebook Account (Permanently!)

Last month as I begin my struggle with a new, overwhelming schedule (be careful about asking God to show you what He wants you to be doing, you just might get your answer in a BIG way!) I decided that I needed to eliminate the non-necessities, at least temporarily. The first thing to go was Facebook. Yes, I enjoyed sending and receiving encouraging notes to my friends each day and having an easy way to stay in touch, but it was far too easy for me to waste my precious time following conversations and reading all the articles everyone was posting. So I figured I would "deactivate" my account for a time, perhaps "reactivating" it in the summer when things calmed down a bit. Then, not long after I took the plunge and while I was still experiencing some social-networking withdrawal symptoms, I came across this article wherein it stated:
Facebook is about to get a lot more personal and dig deeper into you and your friends' likes, dislikes, and what you do online. This week at a Facebook developers conference called F8, the company pulled the curtain back on some very cool and soon to be available features.
Needless to say, I took this as a strong sign that I, and any other Facebook user who enjoys his or her privacy, would probably be removing ourselves permanently from the social networking site. Since I came across that article a couple weeks ago, I've been following the progress of Facebook's newest, privacy-invading features. I've seen many people getting very upset over them (my source here is Twitter. Yes, I realize the irony of this). Tonight I decided that enough was enough. I know I will never "reactivate" my Facebook account because I could never feel safe using it again. So I logged back in for one final time, and promptly deleted my account. Permanently. Gone. Well, within 14 days. Don't you love that? I tell them I want to delete my account, but it still takes 14 days just in case I change my mind. And the sad/scary part is that anything that was posted there is not really gone. Even for all the time I spent deleting my posts (which consisted mainly of daily Bible verses and links to this blog) I know that, out there in cyberspace, my posts are still stored somewhere. And that's something to think about before you type. Before you post those adorable pictures of your kids, ask yourself who else, besides your list of "friends" may be looking. We don't live in a "Leave it to Beaver" world anymore. Google is tracking our every click and Facebook has jumped on the wagon with them. Let's be honest, nothing we do on the Internet is truly private. If you think it is, well, I'll just wait for a moment while you shake the sand out of your hair...

PC World has published several good articles detailing Facebook's latest scheme. I suggest you take a moment to skim them and then decide for yourself if commenting on your friend's picture of his dog or if announcing to the world that you are currently eating dinner is really worth the invasion of your privacy. And if you think that you just can't live without sending all of those engaging hour-to-hour updates to your "friends," I'll let you in on a little secret: very few of them actually care what you are doing right now!

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Things like this are only going to get worse. Soon we won't be able to remember what the word "privacy" even meant! Until then, be aware. And pray. Because with this invasion of our privacy will come a complete and outright loss of freedom, especially for Christians. And so pray for strength, pray for wisdom, pray for protection, and most of all pray with the Apostle John, "Come, Lord Jesus!"

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this article! I was cautiously on Facebook for 1 week and I spent most of that time boosting privacy settings and trying to maintain a bit of control over the content of my wall. That was enough! NO MORE FACEBOOK......EVER!

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