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February 28, 2014

In Your Opinion: Life without Facebook is plenty social

Thanks to The Star’s Jessica Reynolds for her great piece on Facebook (Feb. 24) and to Emily Popek for that wonderful illustration.

I unfriended Facebook, too, summarily ditching my account the first time it updated its privacy policy after I had created my setup. It became clear that Facebook regards privacy as so yesterday. Well, I don’t. What was about to be so yesterday in my life was Facebook!

I’m old enough to remember paying cash at stores and newsstands and not having anyone follow me home to see where else I shopped. No one looked over my shoulder if I jotted a new phone number in my address book. If I spotted a friend along the way, and stopped to talk for a few minutes, I didn’t have to consider stuff like “Should I tell Mom what I’m going to tell Ellen? What would my boss think of it?” before I even said hello.

Like Ms. Reynolds, I still like my gadgets and browsing the net. “Do Not Track” is my best online friend (along with the button to clear cookies) and I don’t need Facebook to be able to share ideas, opinions or photos online, to fetch news updates or to shop. I just use email and a bunch of browser bookmarks. Checking into the net a few times a day is plenty and leaves time for the tasks — and fun! — of my real life. I also throw a low-tech day into the mix now and then, so I know I’m not running on autopilot.

Elizabeth Ramsey


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