Today, Aaron Street and I made a pact to deactivate our Facebook accounts through the end of April.
Ditching Facebook is something I have been thinking about for a little while. When Aaron mentioned he had been thinking the same thing while we were working together at a coffee shop, I guess that was all the excuse I needed. I created a dummy account for Lawyerist to manage its Facebook page, and we both turned out the lights on our personal accounts.
I don’t hate Facebook or anything; I actually like staying in touch with people I don’t get to see very often otherwise. But scrolling through my newsfeed usually feels like twiddling my thumbs, not hanging out with friends. Plus, my Facebook profile is, at best, an incomplete picture. Someone recently posted a picture of me sitting next to a woman who is not my wife, and a friend asked if everything was okay at home. I wouldn’t be surprised if others assumed she was my wife.
Facebook encourages us to draw conclusions about our Facebook friends based on insufficient data. I don’t post many pictures of my family because Jess likes her privacy, and we have agreed not to post pictures of the girls in public (or on Facebook, where the privacy settings never seem to stay put). I wonder how many of my Facebook friends don’t realize I have two smart, beautiful little girls and an amazing wife to whom I cannot do justice in Facebook updates. If you don’t see pictures of them or updates about them, how would you know?
That said, I deactivated my Facebook account mostly just because I wondered if I would miss it. I’m predicting I won’t. Or not much, anyway.
If you miss me on Facebook, you can see my pictures and read my thoughts elsewhere. None are as personal as Facebook, but that’s kind of the point of this experiment. If you miss my company, call me up and let’s get together.