Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The facebook fiend.

I canceled my facebook account today for the last time. I will never return. I loved being able to get in touch with a few people that I had lost somewhere along the way in the past 12 years though. Facebook really could have been a great tool for keeping in touch with some great people but..... there are just too many disadvantages to surfing around on it. Here are a few that I have had to deal with in my time on it:
1) The ads are horrid!! HORRID!!! There are absolute vile adds that appear on the sidebar every time you enter a new page. (If you don't think they are vile your conscience has been seared.) I don't want to worry about my kids seeing half-dressed (if we're lucky) women while mommy shows them the newest pic's of her friends. And I figure if I have to warn my husband not to get a facebook account because of it, it's not good for anyone including myself to bother with.

2)At first, months ago, it became a great time waster. It is easy to become addicted and then our first priorities as wives & moms suddenly take second place to a computer screen. You really don't realize how much time goes by as you are typing and clicking away.

3)You can't control what your friends have on their own facebook walls and stuff. I went on to say hello to a friend and see some pic's and was greeted by a cartoon that will forever make me want to be sick to my stomach. Vile, that's all I'll say.

4) Also, pictures are not the only problem. The language is awful. What is disappointing is that I saw the language and rude pictures on some of my Christian friends facebooks.

I began yesterday to go through thinking I would just delete all my friends that had things that I found objectionable. It bothered me so much just checking each one out and seeing if they were 'clean' or not that I just gave up and decided it wasn't worth trying. Seriously, it shouldn't have taken me this long to figure it out, I know.
I'm going back to good old fashioned email and my favourite, Kodak Gallery. We love pictures and send out lots of them through that.
What bothers me about facebook is that there are so many Christians (just like me) on there and they are seeing the same stuff that I do. Does anyone else think this is just plain wrong??? Maybe you think I'm just old fashioned and need to get a grip but I'm just saying it like I see it. We got rid of the TV so that we didn't have to see stuff like that, why would I subject myself to this nasty stuff if I don't have to. One of our latest readings in Book Review Friday helped me in my decision to deactivate my account. "(for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)" 2 Pet 2:8
Anyone want to help me out? I can't seem to find that verse I know that says "I shall set no wicked thing before my eyes". Where is that???

So I'll go the old fashioned way from now on - email, to keep in contact with those great friends I found on facebook. Maybe they'll change things and it will be clean someday and safe for me to join again.... what are the chances?? :(


BJ said...

I was only on Facebook for a short while, but it was too long. I knew the minute I created my account that I wasn't supposed to. Felt the conviction, but ignored it. The last straw was something a cousin had sent my brother, and my brother hadn't see it yet, but you are right. It was VILE!!! So I notified my brother, knowing he wouldn't want it on there, and signed off. Haven't looked back since. By the way, I'm not sure I've ever commented before, but I enjoy your blog. I know you just switched to blogger, but I'd like to suggest checking out It's a blog-hosting site that my aunt and uncle run, and it's free. I've been on both blogger and wordpress, and I like this a lot better. Blessings!

Anne said...

'I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.' Psalm 101:3.

Trevor quotes that one quite often around here :)

Barb said...

I want off facebook too how do I do that? Started out good. I was hoping to get in contact with family members I had lost contact with and so I started a "Campbell Group" but I get mmore frustrated every day. It just isn't worth it!

Heidi said...

Thanks for the warning. I have been thinking about using Facebook to find other people who homeschool, but now I know not to bother. I don't like to fill my head with that kind of stuff. Thank you!

Kim said...

You're not olf fashioned! I deleted my facebook account for the same reasons! I never knew what I was going to see on there!

Kim Lake

Anonymous said...

me, too. for all of those reasons. very discouraging in every way. :)

Seven said...

by the way, anonymous was me. :)