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Facebook: phasing out?

Oh dear! It’s been nearly three months since I have ‘spoken’ to him? What kind of relationship is that? Please forgive me, but it’s not you, it’s me. I just don’t love you no more. Believe me, I tried my best but it’s just not working anymore. I’d like for us to remain friends and I know you hurt badly. Please don’t hate me. However, I promise to always check on you for old times’ sake.

My love affair with Facebook is on its last leg and I’m not sure where it went wrong. I stopped using Facebook properly about three months ago. It was all getting too much and I was struggling to cope. I forget to update my status; wish friends happy birthday or post anything on my profile page. To be honest, there was really nothing exciting to post about my existence plus I am far too lazy to do anything about it. I heard about Facebook through an old university friend and I jumped onto the ship with both legs. Now, if you know me, you would realise that I don’t do things in halves. I have an obsessive nature, when I have ice cream I eat the whole tub in one sitting. If I were a smoker, I would be on 60 sticks a day. I was insanely addicted to Facebook; posting pictures, updating my status and chatting to friends. I was back in touch with my closest friends from secondary school, scattered all around the world. Facebook was my school reunion party; we swapped funny stories about secondary school, a boarding school whose walls were filled with tears and laughter.

Various surveys and polls claim “Facebook fatigue” is setting in globally. Last year, the site lost six million users in America, 1.5m in Canada, 100,000 in Russia and Norway, and another 100,000 from its 30m users in the UK. A poll recently claimed that a quarter of UK users are spending less time on the site than they used to and ‘unfriending’ one another in increasing numbers. They are also deleting comments made by ‘friends’ on their profile pages, removing name tags off pictures of themselves in other people’s albums and so on. This could be because of Facebook’s mission or vision to remove any iota of privacy when you sign up to join the site. Facebook has decided to commercialise our reunion party, but it also shows that social networking is reaching maturity. Users are coming of age like in the real world, when you get into your 30s and you really don’t have time for some s**t anymore. You want to act like a responsible adult. At this stage, most of us, whether consciously or unconsciously want to do away with relationships that are just not working anymore.

So perhaps, I have reached this stage in my love affair with Facebook. It is just not working anymore. Just like addicts, going the ‘cold turkey’ route was hard on my poor self so I experienced the emptiness that followed. I wanted something to look forward to, the excitement of picking my phone to catch up on events that I’ve missed. My obsessive nature of being totally and recklessly hooked but without the doubts and anxieties. Lo and behold, I found him!!!! This is the start of a beautiful love affair, secured and trusting. It births patriotism, newness, and a fulfilment in me. It is utterly brilliant.

If you will excuse me, I need to tweet people to vote my entry in Supperbloggers.

Temitope Ajagbe

@topeolowu on twitter
London, United Kingdom

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