I have a guilty secret.
A secret so shameful that I fear being hunted down, pursued through the streets by a slavering, dead-eyed mob and beaten with sticks.
A secret so shocking and scandalous that I hesitate to even whisper it.
*I don't like Facebook*
I've said it.
Having dropped that bombshell, and while awaiting the opprobrium which will surely descend, I may as well enlarge upon my declaration.
I not only don't like it, I don't get it.
What exactly is the point?
Oh I know it's all about social networking yada yada yada but really.....
What IS the point?
I could go on all day about the things I dislike about Facebook. It's inexorable advance across the globe, the fact that almost everyone I know is seemingly joined at the hip with it.
The fragmented and messy 'design' presumably intended to appeal to the generations who have the attention span of a goldfish with ADHD. And don't even get me started on the plethora of games, time wasting widgets and virtual worlds (Farmville, MyZoo, YoVille) which are more addictive than crack cocaine.
It's not just Facebook I don't like. Other bastions of social networking leave me similarly cold..... Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn.
I am proud to declare that I have never poked anyone, written on anyone's wall, or, gods forbid, thrown a sheep at anyone.
My only virtual vice is a fondness for Blogger. Which feels positively arcane compared to FB et al. Perhaps it appeals to my solitary soul, but when I write a blog post I can imagine myself in the computer equivalent of Virginia Woolf's 'Room of My Own'. It doesn't really matter to me whether or not anyone reads what I write. It is gratifying that some people do, but it isn't the primary motivating factor.
I just enjoy writing and do it for my own enjoyment. However, the pressure to be on Facebook is becoming overwhelming. Increasingly, social events consist of people rehashing all of their FB interaction over the previous day in a language I don't understand.
As a FB denier I feel like a social pariah, which strangely, is rather comforting and not at all unpleasant. In fact I might even start up an anti-facebook social networking group in protest.
Care to join.........?