Ok, so the title is a bit of a bait ‘n switch tool but my thoughts are as follows.
I realized today that I haven’t been on my facebook profile in a bit. It made me think a few things. Here are those things.
1. Why did I use facebook in the first place?
2. Why haven’t I been using facebook lately?
3. If I haven’t been using it and didn’t really notice until now, how important was it really?
4. Why do other people use facebook?
5. Should I cancel my facebook.
So I sat and considered these things and here are my answers:
1. I think I started using facebook because people were doing it and it was a cool way to stay in touch. I actually enjoyed using it to reconnect with people I hadn’t seen in a long while and stay in touch with friends I don’t get to see very often.
2. I haven’t been using facebook lately because my social media needs are fulfilled by twitter. I don’t need games, groups, pages, photo albums, or pokes to be fulfilled in my social media experience. Recently I’ve heard a few things about Mark Zuckerberg, the owner/ceo or whatever of Facebook and I’m not sure I like him much either. Just the quotes from his press conference sounded so unprofessional and arrogant. I guess we’ve got another Steve Jobs on our hands. I’m not sure that has really influenced my use of facebook but it sure contributes to my thoughts on question 5.
3. Facebook obviously wasn’t very important to me. If it was I would be more consistent with it. It’s like the stuff in boxes in my garage that when I finally get time to open the boxes and look inside I’ll see what it is and say “Whoa I love this thing.” But when it really comes down to it, if it’s been in the garage this long I really don’t need it do I?
4. I think other people use facebook for all the same reasons I started. They want to connect with people and stay in touch. Twitter is a turn off to some because the lack of photo albums or the fact that many of their peers aren’t using it. My thoughts on that can be summed up in a quote from one of my interns talking about a Blackberry phone vs an Android phone: “I’d love something that sucks too if I didn’t know there was an alternative.”
5. Should I cancel my facebook? I don’t know, I might. I still have some people that I like to contact that aren’t on twitter yet so that may keep me around. I was staying on there because of students in my ministry but their posts just make me sad or tick me off. My other reason was the TMI Podcast page but it’s not a very useful or active tool for building a community so what’s the point. I guess I’m still undecided but we’ll see.
So, I don’t really think Facebook is the devil, in fact I think it’s great for people with certain desires or needs from social media. I’m not sure I’m one of those people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to shut down my profile just yet.
What are your answers to those five questions? Use the comments section below to share your thoughts on if facebook is the devil.
Author: Michael Prince
Michael Prince co-authored “What’s in Your Pocket? A parent’s guide to protecting your children online.” with his wife Melinda. They have four kids and live in an RV anywhere in the USA they see the need for an internet safety expert. Michael is leading the conversation in the American Church about family online security. He and Melinda founded BecauseFamily, a ministry that exists to inspire and equip parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children, in 2013. Michael is also a geek and loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and strategy board games.