It’s official “Damian Hospital Facebook” is no more; I canceled Facebook. Before I recap the reasons of why I quit Facebook, let me just explain to you how to cancel Facebook permanantly (if you are not clever enough, Facebook forces you to deactivate your account, which is NOT the same as cancelling FB):
Look for HELP CENTER, usually at the top right of your home page, I guess. There is NO cancel Facebook button,NO cancel Facebook icon, or easy way to cancel Facebook. You must type (or just copy and past this phrase) into the help search bar: “I want to permanently delete my account.”
Then, and only then, are you able to submit your FB cancellation request. FB goes out of their way to direct you to deactivate your Facebook account, which keeps all of your data, comments, and friends in memory, and your FB account is automatically reactivated the first time you LOG BACK IN.
Okay, now that you know how to cancel Facebook, let me tell you why I did. I had posted two rants about Facebook previously, and my criticisms never got better. It was pretty cool to connect to long lost classmates, friends, and relatives, but not cool when they don’t post comments or e-mails. It seems that some people kinda just get pressured to set up a Facebook account, collect some people they know, but can’t take the time to shoot me an e-mail. Of course, they can say the same thing about me.
There were only a handful of people that sent me private e-mails or posted thoughtful things on my wall. All of those people can contact me at anytime via my real e-mail or my yahoo messenger. My wife is on FB so if there are any new photos from the family, she can show me. I had around 150 “friends” on Facebook- most I’ve met in real life. I’ll only be missed by around 5 people, but they can contact me.
In the end, here are my major issues with Facebook:
- It demonstrates how self-centered people are, that they would invest so much time into talking about changing kitty litter or their exact location. For the girls- and I say girls, because “women” implies maturity- posting provocative photos to fill up their low self-esteem is tiring. More importantly, very few people had anything important to post.
- My major pet peeve was that I hardly had any of my so-called friends interact with me. Perhaps 10 -15 people would hit my wall and engage me. I always responded to people’s comments, but many times I was ignored when I posted a comment on their wall. Kinda defeats the whole purpose of social interaction if everyone is just gonna masturbate to their status messages.
- Many relatives of mine don’t like to post in English, which defeats the entire purpose of me spying on them.
- Facebook has too many apps, which seem to be loaded with malware and spyware, and FB seems to have viruses as well.
- Many organizations and people include Facebook as a background check.
- There are too many groups that everyone is joining with dumb, sarcastic names. Many of these groups just want your demographics to sell you crap.
- Most FB users are marks and rubes, and are easily tricked in clicking on ads, harmful apps, and giving away private info.
- Here’s another pet peeve of mine: girls that constantly change their marital status every week.
- It’s too addicting. I’ve always wanted the power to read minds or be the fly on the wall, and now I had 150 people just putting their photos and private thoughts up for me to see. Time killer.
- Link hypocrisy. I had posted a few articles that I had written from other sites on my own Facebook page, but a former co-worker of mine posted on my wall an article that implied I was unemployed and breaking tax laws. He was wrong on both ends. Meanwhile, he and everyone else freely posts news articles and product reviews which bring traffic to the source sites (and ad revenue). Heaven help if a brother is trying to make two cents on his own, huh?
- Farmville, Mafia Wars, Petville, etc. Cool if you’re 8 years old. Not cool if you’re in your 40′s. It’s a bad sign for humanity if people would rather play Farmville than donate $5 to a Haiti relief fund.
- The first thing that truly offended me was when my own 1st cousin Jaye Alexis removed me as a friend for no reason. For absolutely no reason Sandra Henry of Coral Springs actually blocked me before we were even friends. Carolina Bedoya of Florida was even worse, she accepted me as a friend, then removed me, and then blocked me. :-)
- On a somewhat egotistical side of things, I’m curious to see how many people actually notice I’m gone and have the “technical know how” to type “Damian Hospital” in Google to find me, and then click on Contact on Skew.DailySkew.com. Should I give a prize away for that?
Anyway, thanks to Dr. Richard Hoffman, President of the Animalgram Personality Matrix, for agreeing to bookmark on his own Facebook page interesting articles that I write .