Is it time to quit Facebook?

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Once I went to a café along with friends.  It was different than other. I was beckoned by it because there was written “No wifi zone, please interact with friend live”. That time, we never touched our mobile for using the internet like we used to do most of the time and we felt good.

Nowadays, we expect more from the social networking sites like Facebook and less from each other. We are addicted to it so much that we hardly take out time for each other. Use of technology, mobile internet is subtly shattering the meaning of interaction we have been totally cutting off from the world around us.

Those were days when we used to find out a friend’s whereabouts by seeing the cycle he or she parks at. Now, time has changed. We know them by their online check-in.  We used to go to their house to meet them.

Now we don’t have time, we just call them or text. Even at home, we are hooked to the internet so much that we don’t have time for real conversation. Texting just offers the right amount of access not too close or too far.

It’s good for those people who enjoy the comfort of being in touch with many people and for whom they also keep at bay.

It’s like you have many flowers in your garden but you can touch and feel only few. In fact, technology and its excessive addiction is making us lonely. There is a saying that technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.

As we are distributing ourselves, there is a risk that we may abandon ourselves. The real worth of talking to people face to face cannot be replaced by talking online. Real conversations and connections are the precious assets.

The feeling of smile, sadness, and happiness can’t be felt by the symbols as used online. Real conversations are valuable in all relations, circles and people around us. People can fool you online easily but it needs guts to do so in real conversation.

A friend of mine has more than two thousand friends in Facebook. No doubt, she receives many likes on her posts and photos. When I asked her “Do you know all of them? She said “No”.

She has few friends whom she can trust. The tragedy is most people spend most of the time in online conversation with people they even don’t know and leave out real friends. We need to prioritize the quality of our online connection not only the quantity.

A decade ago internet was counted on as a liberation from television but now warnings on negative aspect of social media proliferated.

We spent our most of the times in social networking sites like Facebook. In the same time we should be prepare and aware of sense of déjà vu – the privacy scandals of Facebook. We all are aware about   Cambridge Analytica,  that is accused of using Facebook data to promote fake news during the 2016 presidential election. It shows how our data are being used for nefarious purposes.

A New York Times investigation has found that Facebook gave Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) the right to read, write and delete users’ private messages. The Times investigation, based on hundreds of pages of internal Facebook documents, also found that Facebook gave 150 partners more access to user data than previously disclosed. Microsoft, Sony and Amazon, for example, could obtain the contact information of their users’ friends, the Guardian reports.

According to the Guardian, Facebook was in secret talks with hospitals to get them to share patients’ private medical data. Similarly, hackers gained access to 30m Facebook accounts.  Facebook also admitted it exposed private photos from 68 million users to apps that weren’t authorized to view your photos.

So, our information and data that we share on Facebook are easily accessed by others. This can be dangerous. Now, deleting Facebook can’t be a bad idea. It’s time to find other ways to remain connected with friends.

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