Yesterday I did something that I have been thinking about doing for a long time: I permanently deleted my Facebook account.
I’ve had my Facebook account since January 2009, and in the 5-1/2 years I’ve been a member I’ve reconnected with old chums from my Longview days, kept in touch with family and friends in distant cities, and have been a mostly enthusiastic participant in the great social networking experiment that’s swept the world over the past decade.
One thing that I did not sign up for, though, was for Facebook to experiment on me. It seems that recently Facebook conducted an experiment—in secret and without notifying users beforehand—where it allowed internal (to Facebook) and external researchers to selectively hide good and bad news in users’ Facebook walls. Researchers would then examine subsequent posts by the unwitting test subjects to gauge whether this manipulation affected their emotional states.
Well congratulations, Facebook! Your manipulations certainly affected MY emotional state. You made me so angry and fed up with your shenanigans that I finally cut the cord.
This doesn’t mean that I will be withdrawing from social networking—far from it. I’m still here, and I’ll be posting here more often in the future. I’m still on Twitter (follow me at @TheScottGammans) and LinkedIn. And as soon as I find a good photo sharing site that is NOT owned by Facebook (sorry, Instagram!), I’ll be posting my non-Star Trek photos and videos there. But my Facebooking days are over.