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February 24, 2014

My love affair, and break-up, with Facebook

(Jessica Reynolds is a Daily Star reporter.)

Hi, my name is Jessica, I’m 24 years old and I’m a recovering Facebook-aholic. In fact, I’ve been Facebook-free for more than three months.

I’m guessing I don’t need to tell you what Facebook is. Even my nearly 90-year-old grandmother has at least a general understanding (no, she doesn’t have an account). But just in case you haven’t heard of it, I’ll give you a brief introduction.

Facebook is a social media website for which people can sign up, free of charge. It can be used to track down old friends and keep in touch with them, connect with new friends, spread the word about an important upcoming event, share photos and even raise awareness of local causes. No doubt, it can be a useful tool. We had some good times. But once the honeymoon period was over, I was able to realize that, for me, the negatives far outweigh the positives.

That’s why I hopped off the runaway Facebook train. For me, deactivating it has been in the works for a long time. And I’m here to tell my Facebook-obsessed peers, and anyone else who’s listening, that the world will, in fact, keep turning if you choose to do the same.

If you asked me four years ago what I thought of Facebook, I would’ve replied, “I’m a little obsessed,” and then frantically logged on to check for any little, red notifications that meant someone had written to me or accepted my friend request. As a freshman in college, my peers and I were all on a level playing field; we didn’t know anyone and there were no cliques or in-crowds. It was intimidating, but Facebook was the link that connected us.

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