The Online Journal of Writer Kate Sykes
Facebook gives you fourteen days to change your mind about deleting your account. That’s 336 hours to mull over the loss of your timeline, photos, commentary, and connections with the people, groups, businesses and products that have been a part of your feed for years. In my case, eight years.
In our four-second SnapChat video attention span world, fourteen days is a lifetime. This magnanimous grace period speaks volumes about how seriously Facebook takes itself, and how little most of us recognize the colossal role they play in the lives of their 1.71 billion active users. That’s right: 1.71 billion. Just to put that in perspective, there are an estimated 7.1 billion people on earth right now. According to the Vatican, 1.2 billion of them are Catholics.
Think about that for a second.
Now think about this:
Inquisition Scene by Francisco Goya
If at any time during the 14-day grace period you lose your nerve and log in to your account, Facebook will consider your ill-conceived request to erase yourself from the largest social experiment ever conceived null and void.
As my own hourglass on social media oblivion sifts down, I’ll share my thoughts on why I’m kicking Facebook–second thoughts and all. Stay tuned.
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