If Facebook Cost You, Would You Use It?

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A friend recently posted a little meme, which, of course, I can’t find now, about Facebook: essentially, if Facebook cost money, would you use it? Her answer was “no.”

I like to think mine would be too, but as I pondered this question, I reframed it in my mind until a different answer, once again, came painfully into view:

What does Facebook cost me?

I don’t know about you, but this past month, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling about same sex marriage, it has cost me a great deal. 

My feed has been flooded with rainbows, memes, articles, and all forms of sarcasm and veiled resentments and hatreds simmering up into plain view, like bubbles on the surface of boiling water, a warming pot waiting to overflow. 

Transfixed by its ever-changing stream of content, I can answer that Facebook has and does cost me, dearly: in the form of time and peace. 

It has cost my children their mother’s attention, even while I rail inwardly about children at least deserving the chance to have a mother and a father. 

It has cost me in things I can never have back. Good, real, thoughtful, compassionate conversation, such as what I almost always have in real life, but what seems so challenging to have online, except in private email conversation.

Images I have seen now on it have been seared into my mind, costing me precious attention and detracting from my peace. 

Furthermore, my actions in response to all of this are also rooted in my Facebook response. What status, what meme, what point shall I make today to perfectly counter this other status or meme? 

“I’m so done.”

I say that now. 🙂

So, what to do?

You know what, Facebook? I would pay to use you, but only in exchange for some sort of limiting feature which grants me the ability to truly control my time and content. I have only found one good app for the time part, called “ScreenTime,” with which I could successfully limit my usage of apps at will, but it is no longer available to me on my current equipment. Furthermore, it is easy to cheat with these.

I suppose this is one more example of technology in our digital age in which technology exists simply to exist, and I am still stuck with my humanity. It’s on me. 


4 Replies to “If Facebook Cost You, Would You Use It?”

  1. I gave up Facebook for lent a couple of years ago. Best. Thing. Ever. Not only did I realize how much time I was truly spending on it away from my children but also the garbage you are faced with. I have come to cherish my “real” friends as well as the true conversations I have been able to have since I really have no idea they are pregnant, moving, got a new job… I am never going back.

    This being said, I understand that some people may use it as a resource for their job. But next time you log on, I challenge you to read your friends post or what you have shared with the world and ask yourself, “How did this information or picture better my day and me as a person? Has it made me a better Christian?” My answer was no.

  2. There’s a free download called FB Purity that you can use to limit what comes up on your feed. I, for one, am really selective about whose news I read. That’s an easy adjustment without the download. FB purity will get rid of those ads on the side and you can choose whether you want to see things such as what your friends “liked” or who they friended, etc. I like it.

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