So apparently this whole “I’m gonna quit Facebook” thing is a lot more serious than I had initially thought. I know what you’re thinking, “how am I supposed to quit Facebook when it’s such a great outlet for honing my procrastination skills and messaging people I don’t want to see in person?” Well, the way I see it is that quitting Facebook will cut out all of the unnecessary interactions in your digital life. If you’re worried about keeping in touch with someone, quitting Facebook will not (and should not) prevent you from keeping in touch with him or her in the future. Remember E-mails? Heck, if you can think back far enough, people actually used to write personal, hand-written letters to their friends and family. They even used these things called “stamps” to ship them where ever. Ahh the old days…
Anyways, here’s what the fine folks leading the “Facebook is for losers” rally have to say about kicking their addiction:
For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn’t do a good job in either department. Facebook gives you choices about how to manage your data, but they aren’t fair choices, and while the onus is on the individual to manage these choices, Facebook makes it damn difficult for the average user to understand or manage this. We also don’t think Facebook has much respect for you or your data, especially in the context of the future.
It seems as though the Diaspora boys could really capitalize off of this anti-Facebook trend. Kudos to them as they’ve already reached over $100,000 in donations to fund their project.