Facebook would be more tolerable if it weren’t such a clear window into the ugliness of humanity.
— RAM (@RAMrants) July 19, 2014
I struggle with deactivating and reactivating my private Facebook account all the time. I know I’m not alone on this. When my friends would notice my sudden absence and ask me why I chose to leave the widespread social network, I’d proclaim “I hate Facebook,” citing that, “it’s too mainstream for me.” Up until recently, I hadn’t used Facebook since Valentine’s Day. I can’t remember what made me vacate the service then, but I decided to make a comeback this week and am already wishing I had’ve stayed away. The truth is, I don’t hate Facebook at all. If used correctly, it doubles as a wonderful tool for people with long distance friends and family to be able to keep in touch. It’s also a great way for us to be able to maintain a connection with those we are fond of but not all that close with. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Facebook isn’t the problem. It’s the people that use it. A certain etiquette should be maintained when it comes to the use of social media. Airing your personal problems and religious, political or social beliefs on a public forum can initiate an undesirable experience that can leave a bad taste in the mouths of those that befriended you. Instead of getting caught up in the senselessness, I’ve chosen to be above it. If I don’t favor something someone says on Facebook, I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll just unfriend them. Instead of trying to validate the ridiculousness of their blatant public ignorance, I’ve simply come to terms with the fact that I must let them go, not my whole account. Facebook can be a dirty window into the ugliness of humanity, but it can be cleaned. I’m making an effort to remember that.