Today my friend Alex came to me and said, “I think that I am going to delete my facebook.” I thought he was crazy. I thought he was out of his mind, even. He’d only used facebook for a couple of days and he already said he was deleting his profile, which shocked me. I asked, “You don’t like facebook? Why wouldn’t you like facebook? Maybe you should give it a chance.” He was very casual about the entire thing. He said, “Facebook is boring. There isn’t anything to do on there and it’s just stupid to have one.” Him saying this was like a punch in the face for me at the time, it seriously made no sense to hear him say that. I couldn’t spend a day without getting on facebook at least 5 times. However, Alex didn’t even feel that facebook was of any worth at all. This entire thing made me very confused, and I was very sad that Alex was removing his profile, but I couldn’t do anything to stop him.
I went home, and after a few hours, I went on facebook and I was surprised to see that Alex was still online. He hadn’t removed his profile yet. I started to chat with him. “I thought you were removing your facebook,” I said. “I am right in the process of doing so. Here I go.” Alex replied. Then, a minute passed, and suddenly it said that Alex was offline. “Is he gone yet?” I thought. I search his name on the search bar, and indeed his name was missing.
It was the weirdest feeling seeing him gone. It was almost like losing a friend permanently, but it wasn’t at the same time because that friend still existed. I got a text message. It was from Alex. “I’m a free man!” He said. I looked at my computer screen, and facebook was still up. Free man….. I thought. I suddenly realized that Alex had done something that not a lot of people would do. However, somehow my mind changed about how important that facebook really was, and Alex was the one who had changed it. Then, a radical thought popped into my head. How would my life be if I left facebook just like Alex did?
That night, my mind raced with thoughts about leaving facebook. What was I on facebook for? Is there really a point to be on there? Why am I wasting my time on this website? However, my feelings became ambivalent. But sometimes I have to get messages from other people about coming events, and it’s easiest to do that from facebook. But wait, I can just get for people to e-mail me. I really like chatting with people on facebook. Well, I can just use skype, and I barely talk to anyone anyways. Slowly but surely, though, I began to make up my mind. It was clear that I had wasted so much time on facebook doing literally nothing, and it was finally time to make a change.
I was back on facebook, and I saw one of my other friends on the chat list. I told him that I was leaving, but he didn’t seem very happy about it. He tried in every way to make me stay, but my mind was set on leaving facebook. I knew that what I was doing was right. No matter what he said, I didn’t let him stop me from doing what I wanted to do. I felt like I was Alex now, because I was stopping at nothing to do what was right. Perhaps, someday my other friend will also consider leaving the social network. I finally searched “How to remove your facebook account.” I found a link that led directly to the page that could remove the facebook. All I had to do was fill out my password and press remove. It was tough, and I had some final thoughts about it. However, not once did I think I wasn’t going to do it. I moved the mouse over the remove button. I pressed down slowly until I heard a click. And just like that, I was gone. Forever.
Actually, it was not as dramatic as that. My facebook is kind of in a 14 day purgatory. I have 14 days to decide if I really want to let it go or if I want to bring it back to life again. Perhaps I will fall for facebook and return to my old ways. Maybe these next 14 days without facebook will change the way I live. Maybe Alex and I will be able to get others to leave facebook as well. However, I don’t know if any of these things will happen. I guess only time will tell.