Let's agree to essentially agree shall we? Social Media has not only made the world seem smaller than it essentially is, but it has reconnected us to people we've never thought to be rekindled with before. I remember making my Facebook page. It was the summer of 2009 on Silliman Campus in Hartford, Connecticut. I was among a group of new friends whose company I found to be a blessing. In the beginning, I was excited and would constantly look forward to rekindling with the friends I made that summer. But...slowly, the routine just began to deplete, so to speak. I still contact my friends through other platforms (instagram, whatsapp....yup,das it! Not so tech savvy). Since then I've kept Facebook for the reason of 'just because'. Sure, as many of you can relate, for school, travel and study reasons, facebook was 'necessary' to have. Even professors are asked to make one for class these days! So, yes, it's had it's useful moments.
But, from the beginning, I did not like the balance and I just did not care to have it. Allow me to explain. There are misfits for everything- school, makeup, video games, any activity that is able to bring a group of people together, there is a misfit for that. There are some even for Facebook (me included!) who just don't fit in the Facebook realm...if you will (Not being narcissistic, just trying to connect with the many misfits out there who can relate). And well, I quit the back-and-forth and since mid-July my Facebook status has one from deactivated to deleted. Here are my three specifics why.
1. Too too much: Don't get me wrong. Facebook is a great platform to stay in touch with people and have the world seem a lot smaller than it is. But, metaphorically speaking, it was that side-dish no one wants to eat, but plays with just to have it seem like we are trying to finish whats on the plate. It was just too much for me simply put.
2. Began to be a chore: Deactivate, reactivate, deactivate, reactivate, deact... I'm sure you get the point. I was tired and I didn't really want to be bothered. I downloaded all the pictures I saw to be memorable and worth keeping and said toodles...toodaloo, duces.
3. Getting hung up on comparison: Guilty as charged. It's only natural for us to post our glories and great moments, be it monumental or a small victory. The problem, however, is when those glories, and only the glories, are continuously associated with that person's life, as if he or she have not gone through failure to get to where they are. ...I was sadly, on the end of both spectrums, and it was in no way good.
In the end, deleting the page hasn't been more freeing for me. Again, it's not Facebook, it's me (classic breakup line, psh, I know). So there you have it. Raè is a Facebook misfit. And she loves it!