I have decided to cancel my facebook account for a variety of reasons. Here are a few of them, not in order of importance by any means:
1. Privacy. The frequent changes of Facebooks privacy controls, often with very little disclosure to the users, make me very uncomfortable. Even though I post very little content, I want to have control over how much of it is publicly available.
2. World vs. Christ. Naturally Facebook drifts toward encouraging gossip and time wasting, and does not encourage or enhance sold-out Christian living. This isn't to say that everyone who has a facebook uses it to gossip, or that no one can use their time on facebook to honor and glorify Christ (I know some who do). But I have found that the best facebook can offer me is a few minutes of wasted time each day as I peruse impersonal status updates. I could be much more effective for Christ in those minutes doing something other than facebook.
3. Shallow Friendships. Facebook encourages shallow friendships through impersonal status updates. I love my friends and my family, and I love the personal contact and deep Christian fellowship that other forms of communication encourage.
Due to these and other reasons, I have decided to cancel my account as of February 15th. For those of you who wish to keep up with me, I'll still be very much online. I post regularly to this blog (much more regularly than I ever used Facebook), and would enjoy your company here.
Also, I absolutely adore correspondence--so if you wish to drop me a letter please do. My email address should be attached to my facebook account if you need it, or send me a PM, or comment on this blog and request it. I promise a prompt response to any emails!
God be with you!
Soli deo Gloria!