I deactivated my Facebook account yesterday.
It seemed so innocent at first. Sign on, look up old friends, trade emails and brag about your kids. Find out what happened to the ex boyfriend.
After that, things started going downhill. It all started with the apps. A few games here, a group there. I got lazy about keeping in touch with friends.Why call someone when you can just turn on the computer and check their status?
Then things got positively sinister. Funwall where a certain friend kept posting pictures of fat naked people in undignified poses. Endless invitations to join groups, play games. I found out I was *bought* by someone even though I don't ever remember adding an app to my profile where I get to prostitute myself. I found out that strangers can look at your pictures even if you have privacy settings to maximum. Then I realized I was stalking my friends instead of actually reaching out to them.
I started rethink what I was doing there. I spent way too much time reading message boards, looking a pictures, playing with the apps, ignoring my kids. I am embarassed to admit I was addicted.
I started the detox process. Funwall was first to go. I stopped spamming my friends with apps. Next to go were the friends I added to my list and then never, ever contacted (poking didn't count). Next I deleted the useless apps and left most of my groups. One day a friend told me that someone was posting kiddy pr0n on parenting message boards. I can't confirm the validity of the rumor, but it was enough to turn me off for good. My photo albums were deleted, then I contacted the friends I wanted to stay in touch with and turned my account off.
Some of my friends couldn't believe I would leave FB. I didn't leave the continent! I didn't cut my internet connection! (That would be awful!!!) I just left a place I didn't feel safe anymore. my kids are much better behaved because of it.