Simultaneously, I am addicted to Facebook, and I can't stand Facebook. Truly. It is my only contact with pop culture since I don't watch television. It is the easy, lazy way to get the news when you don't have time or inclination to comb internet news sources or read a real, live newspaper. So many great, thought-provoking articles and blog posts come through from people I admire and respect. Truly, in many ways it's wonderful.
In many other ways, however, it is maddening and infuriating.
Having already whittled my "friends" list down from 800-something to 120-something, I am still considering deactivating my account.
I really hate it. It stilts true relationship. It makes people mean. It causes people to speak and behave in ways they never would in person. It makes me draw assumptions and form (sometimes unfair but always ungracious) judgements about people based on the stuff they post. It keeps me "involved with" and "worried about" far too many people I never see and no longer have actual contact with. It causes relationship problems. It causes hurt feelings. It causes unhelpful comparisons with the self-presentations of others that are just that: carefully crafted self-presentations.
So, anyway, I'm in a mood and tired of it all and have too much I should be doing in real life to be wasting so much time in virtual land. Goodbye, Facebook... at least for a while.