Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why I Don't Facebook, in Two Parts

I've been asked repeatedly "Do you have a Facebook page?" "I saw that on Facebook." And this one, "Why aren't you on Facebook?"

Here is the answer, in two parts. Maybe after relaying the reasons, I'll convince myself to change my mind.

1. I read in Real Simple magazine that the average American office worker spends four hours and 33 minutes A DAY on Facebook. I can't afford to spend time like that on the computer. And I know I would be seduced.

2. I've never really been one to follow the crowd, and all the peer pressure is pushing me the opposite direction. Do you think I have oppositional/defiant disorder?

3. Although I know almost every kid in America has a Facebook page, my teenagers don't. And I don't think I want to encourage them with another outlet on which to waste time. No matter how cute that guy is.

4. Brad has a Facebook page. And if I really wanted to, I could look at his. Just not interested.

5. I already spend enough time on my blog. And isn't that enough?

Part two tomorrow.


  1. I'm not the best one to presuade you otherwise right now, as my boys and I are in a heated competition in a silly Farm game on Facebook, so we are spending more time than usual. But when we were not racing to harvest grapes, I can honestly say I spent less than 2 hours a week-if that. It's just like anything else, it's as much or as little as you want it to be. I do love seeing old High School friends, and college pals and keep up with everyone's photos and happenings. We have family spread from Coast to Coast and some abroad, and it's great to go to one place and see updates all at once. An added bonus is actually seeing what's going on with my teenage nieces and nephews who live far away, I know them much better now. For me, it's been really fun. I'm sure that's nothing you didn't already know!

  2. I don't do any games or applications on Facebook. I like it because I can keep up with photos of friends and family members who don't blog. I can also get quick messages to them. Another reason I like it is because it helps me keep up on what's happening with the teens I know. My final reason for giving FB a thumbs up is that I've been able to reconnect easily with people I've lost from my past.

    As you know, I spend lots of time blogging, but I never spend more than 15 minutes on FB. If you don't get into all the silly games, etc., it's easy not to be seduced.


    PS. On the other hand, I can't get into Twitter at all.

  3. I got a facebook page at the end of junior year because it was the easiest way to get pictures from Beauty and the Beast. But then I never had time to get on it, so it was completely useless. Now it is kind of nice because I'm able to keep in touch with people in AZ. But I don't even have time to get on it now. So now when people request to be my friend and I don't confirm them, they think I don't like them or something. It's like technological drama. So I guess what I'm saying is that I like blogging way better too. :)

  4. I am soooo with you on this one!

    You've presented some interesting theories...

    I'm leaning toward ODD (for both of us).

    It makes more sense than my previously held theory-- I have always assumed my aversion was due to the mini high school reunions that take place every time I leave my house.

    Either way, the anti-facebook sentiment is one more thing that makes me think "that's so wired, that's just like me..."