Why did I leave Facebook? I don’t know, it’s a culmination of a lot of things I think. I’ve been sending email, chatting and posting things on BBS’s since the mid 80’s. I remember posting things to a message board regarding a pc games forum, probably managed by a friend of mine who I met up with years later at AOL. I remember using the chat rooms before they were taken over by teens and stalkers. There were times when online chat rooms were quite interesting and debates raged. I met a lot of people through the chat rooms in the early 90’s and am friends still to this day. I love email, love the instant messenger, love the online world with a passion, but I’ve found that I’ve totally lost interest in it. I miss real conversations. This twitter world of 1 sentence conversations and ‘updates’ seems so frazzled and quick paced, even more so than a text conversation on a phone. Why not just call the person?
I’ve spent the last 17 years working in the online world. I’ve seen it all. I’ve been part of it all. What I don’t see is reality. A good example are my kids. For the first 8 years or so we did not have any computer games in the house. No Wii, no PC games, nothing. Then one day I bought a couple of PC games and my kids are now computer game addicts. Knock down drag out fights over the fact that one kid played a game on another kid’s profile. Ridiculous. What causes that? I am trying to figure out what all of this technology has gotten us. Everyone says it makes us more productive? I ask this question. How does one feel that Facebook makes someone more productive? Four Square, Twitter. What does it all give you in the end, but just a sense of community. All of it makes me LESS productive in my opinion. My problem is I know thousands of people online, but I literally don’t know my neighbor’s name. I thought for a long time his name was Lyle, and it is actually Douglas. Just found that out two weekends ago and he’s been living next to me for 6 years. That’s pretty pathetic of me. I think I’ve been in this online world so long, that I’ve become a persona online and someone else entirely in the real world. I find myself introverted and shy in the real world and quite gregarious online. I used to be quite extroverted. When did that change happen? I can’t figure it out. I’m not taking care of my self in this real world for some reason, and that is why I decided to leave Facebook and countless other thing sonline. I’m gonna use email and become a physical person. My first goal is to get rid of this crappy office body that I’ve grown and matured into a blob of goo. It takes talent to be in such a bad physical state I am currently. 17 years of sitting at a desk and starting at a monitor 18 inches away from my face.
So I’m getting an online divorce of all this nonsense and will work on the real world. I’ll be around by email. PDGreen @ aol.com. I’ve had that email address since 1994, why get rid of it now.