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Why I deleted my FB page

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I came to the decision to delete my FB page due to the chaos I see in its forums.

Social Networking sites are taking the place of REAL-LIFE interactions and family disputes are being splashed across the forums. As a sociologist, I question how networking sites are changing the face of personal interactions. It is so easy to sit in front of a computer and blatantly write feelings and events in our lives without a thought or care. Our lives, in the age of the internet, have become very public. What scares me the most: the ease with which family discards the other over an argument on the internet.

On Spark, I know we share info and sometimes downright deep feelings and hurts. Is this no different than FB? I think it is in that we are here to support each other in every way possible to change our lives for our total health and well- being. I also do not believe that Spark hinders relationships but builds them.

I will continue on my healthy journey with Spark. I will continue to share who I am and what I am going through with my Spark family.

I hope that as you utilize Spark you find encouragement and support in the teams and forums.
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    In reading your post and some of the responses, I am struck with how lucky I am that F B hasn't become the minefield (for me) it obviously has become for so many other people.
    I doubt that I would quit F B as it keeps me in touch with so many of my out-of-town relatives and friends (90% of whom I actually know off-line: surprise!)
    I understand, however, what sort of issues others have faced on that site, and applaud the courage of those who choose to "pull the plug" on the drama.

    2326 days ago
    Can't agree more, I am often very surprised, if not shocked to see the very intimate things people post about on facebook and keep it only to keep in touch with overseas friends.
    2326 days ago
    So true. I've found that when I face challenges, my sparks friends and family are there for me more than my FB friends anyway.
    2326 days ago
    I completely agree with you. I only keep my FB page to stay in contact with my family members who live out of state. My 17 year old sister is constantly on FB (she doesn't add me so I can't see the things she puts up) and all she does is start fights with girls at her school. My other sister over shares about her relationship and all the problems she has. It's a lot of unnecessary drama and I think it also allows people to be passive aggressive instead of dealing with whatever issues they're having. Sparkpeople on the other hand (to me at least) is a community of people working towards a common goal who support and encourage each other. In the years that I've been off and on on SP I've never encountered any negativity. I know that that may not be true for all, but for myself it is. I love how nice people are on here and how willing they are to motivate and encourage complete strangers. Just my 2 cents :-)
    2326 days ago
    So True! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    2326 days ago
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