Excluded Middles: Quitting Facebook

I think the reason many of us are so hungry to “fit it” is because all the luxuries afforded to the wealthy are so accessible to the rest of the world. We see someone with the hottest smartphone, the cutest bag, the fastest car, the biggest television, and we want the same thing, and there are those who will put themselves into debt in order to “keep up with the Joneses”, so to speak. We don’t take time out for ourselves, reflect on life, and think about things that we actually need. Not when everyone else has things that we’re made to think we need, but it’s only because we see someone with it and the joy in their reaction of getting it, how good it makes them feel.

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Good Things Run Wild

Originally published as “The Sosyal Network” in the Manila Bulletin, October 26, 2011

I recently shut down my Facebook account. This is partly for pragmatic reasons: doing so has saved me a lot more time for work and leisure reading. It is partly for security reasons: like most people, I live with an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and am in constant fear of creepy strangers looking at my bikini photos.

I do not regret it. Getting rid of my Facebook account has liberated me from the bondage of constantly keeping up with my peers. I no longer know where everyone else is going and with whom and what they are doing there, and I no longer feel bad or uncool about not being there too. It has also saved me the trouble of trying to find good photos of myself to post, and evaluating my self-worth on the number of…

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