Delete Facebook

You maybe surprised to learn that I had four Facebook accounts. The main one was for my wife so that she could have a husband in the Facebook world. The other three were accounts I had set up for the Dont-Tread-On.Me and Sons of Liberty Academy. I never really used them, but they were there. The only high point to the whole experience was my first birthday with Facebook, when I received 40 happy birthdays from people all over the country. The reality of the whole Facebook experience is that it never really seemed real.

Despite how many “friends” you have on Facebook, the fact is, we are only lucky to have a handful of real friends in our lives. Having more superficial electronic contact with others, does not improve our lives. If anything it detracts from it as life becomes less human. LOL pales in comparison to a real laugh out loud of sharing an experience with a friend. The more LOL’s we share, the less it means. Soon or later everything is just an electronic dance of acronyms trying to fulfill some missing part of your soul.

When consumerism was first sold to the world, it was designed to get us to buy stuff we don’t really need in an effort to feel better than others. Soon everyone determined their worth not on the strength of our relationships, but by what we were able to consume. You gave up relationships, to work more, to have a better life. The more we worked, the more we bought, the further in debt we went. The combination of work and debt made our real relationships worse, which compelled us to work more, to buy more. This self fulfilling loop spun out of control in our society for decades as people worked harder and harder to “look or feel good”.

Consumerism was a psychological process lead by Edward Bernays (Sigmund Freud’s nephew) to keep post World War II industries humming after the war. The industrialists employed Madison Avenue to transform society from sensible people with strong relationships into superficial spenders looking for the next high. Advertising links subconscious desires with products. Take the cigarette for example, subconsciously it is a form of power and rebellion. The reality is that it is a weakness. Soon we began to buy products, not for the utility of the product, but to say to the world I bought this because the ad says that I am a … The Banksters that backed all of this up also needed this spending to create more debt in order for their Keynesian Ponzi scheme not to collapse. This plan worked well for many years, but as the boomers grey, the party is over for consumerism and the check is due. What is the next thing if people are broke? How can we keep the masses from waking up to their wasted lives they have led chasing after nothing? Let them Amuse Themselves to Death.

Facebook is ultimate expression of narcissism. Where else can you expose everything about yourself like a prancing peacock. I mean you can get your 15 minutes of fame every minute. Facebook is, when you boil it all down, a one big “look at me” fest. Look at my pics. Look at my car. Look at where I am. Look at my wife. Look at my life. The ultimate irony in the social network is that nobody really cares, because it is not about them. Oh sure they will say nice things, but deep down they don’t care at all. This narcissism is so rampant in our society, that people would step over real relationship to update their status. The answer to the question “what’s on my mind?” is usually nothing at all.

Facebook is full of shameless promotion. The stuff that isn’t vapid, is probably a promotion of some sort. Corporations, promoters, stars, and small businessmen people are either promoting their services or networking to get ahead. There are whole marketing courses about social media mangers. The sad thing is that most of the comments and tweets are not even done by the people you are following. They have social media managers for that. They probably have lives and don’t waste time playing with Facebook. Do you see the irony in that? You friend or follow someone because they are doing something interesting with their lives and they don’t waste precious time doing stupid stuff like spending hours on Facebook.

The corporations and marketers tell us that, “hey it is cool to connect,” but behind the scenes they are only interested in the conversion and monetization of traffic. Do you know what is cooler than a million dollars? $100 Billion.

Watch this video of these two marketers caught discussing how to best “monetize” viewers. Listen carefully.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v48VEZ882c

The predator mentality of marketing and how it corrupts our relationships, is why Bill Hicks says to marketers, “kill yourself.”

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” -Henry David Thoreau

Facebook is also voyeuristic. Everyone want to see if so and so got fat or what their kids look like. It allows you to look into people lives, but it never really tells the story of their lives. Behind all of the smiles lies a quite sense of desperation. It maybe money issues or relationships or disease or work issues. We all have it. We all have a deeper life that we would share with a real friends, but not with your Facebook friends. If you cannot be open with a person, why even have them in your life? Why would you let them look in? We are way too polite as we give up a part of us, to people who don’t really care about us. We must keep the sacred from the profane.

Since we put ourselves into this petri dish of social voyeurism, we force ourselves to put on a mask. We intentionally mask what we really feel for many reasons. We may not want to upset someone or we may want to impress someone. The problem comes when we wear the mask so much, that we lose who we really are. This may stifle some desire to do something or be who you really want to be. Since we wear this mask, the people who we do let into our lives, only know that mask. Then you become too afraid to be who you really are, for fear of scaring them off. This leads to unfulfilling relationships or worse.

Now before you get your panties in a bunch, Facebook does have some good qualities. Yeah, it is cool to reconnect with old friends or to share pictures. Your Facebook life is reflective of your real life. Most of those who have Facebook, have a life and it does not consume them. The Facebook is not the cause of these problems, any more than pencils misspell words. Facebook is just an easy outlet for millions trying to find meaning or connection in their lives. The problem is, this kind of connection is superficial and unfullfilling. What Facebook is to emotional social fulfillment is what porn is to emotional sexual fulfillment. Nothing beats the real thing.

If you really want to connect with people, quit texting and commenting, and pick up the phone and talk. Video chat is even better, because so much of our communication is non-verbal. We can judge a person’s emotions within seconds of seeing them. So much of our communication is lost through this electronic filter. The best way to communicate of course is face to face. The best conversations I have had in my life occurred when I got together to have a drink and just talk. These connections energize us, because it is what we are meant to be doing. We are visual, emotional and spiritual beings wanting to connect with others on a deeper level with meaning and purpose.  If your life does not have purpose or meaning, look at the friends you keep. Facebook acts as a tool towards that purpose, but it is sad substitute for the real thing. Real communication, about real issues, is hundreds of times more powerful than the non emotional niceties that pass for communication.

“Hy, ys im goin crnvl. Witc dai u goin? Gt 3 drnks n gna b on flot. Wt tyme u b der?” Do you realize there is a whole generation of humans that thinks this is normal? The Elite know that if you take away the meaning of words it incapacitates our thought.

  • If you cannot speak, you cannot think.
  • If you cannot think, you cannot figure things out.
  • If you cannot figure things out, you will never see that you are a slave.
  • If you cannot see that you are a slave, you can never rebel.
  • If you cannot rebel, you will never be free.
  • If you cannot be free, you can never fulfill your purpose on earth to be your highest and best self.

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious – George Orwell

How long will it take for a computer algorithm to become your friend? Don’t laugh, people think Bitcoin is money… Look at your Facebook contacts and tell me that the majority of the “connections” could not be programmed. Subject A is sad = the algorithm spits out “Cheer up it will be okay,” “Tell me about it,” “I am here for you,” or  “I love you.” If the contact is that vapid and this is truly a narcissistic experience, who wouldn’t like to have a bunch of yes men as friends? Isn’t that what porn is? Mental masturbation to distract you from a hole in your life?

The more this narcissism persists, the more it turns into psychopathic behavior in the real world. The biggest promoters are the ones making the biggest bucks. All of the sudden people think psychopathic, narcissistic behavior is the key to success. Look at some of these shows like the Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives. They are nothing more than the normalization of psychopathic behavior. People figure it is going on all around them and they think this is the way it is supposed to be. Well it is not and we must keep it out of our lives.

We have seen how people mistaken the attention and kind words from friends online and throw them against people in your real world. Your wife is not doing it for you? Well you have girls online that think you are the best thing since sliced bread… Your husband is moody? Well your ex boyfriend is recently divorced and is sooo supportive… These serve as temptations that we just don’t need in our already stressful lives.

This bleed into real life is where all of this electronic experience gets dangerous. How many times have you been in the room with someone and they are checking their email while you are talking. I admit that I do that way too often. This constant rush of connection is becoming too prevalent in our lives. I fear if things do not change soon, we will become isolated bits of nothing.

First, we became disconnected with nature and never really see the amazing sights our world has to offer. We hardly look at the stars anymore and see how small we really are. Then the family got ripped apart when the father left the home for a job to provide for his family. The the wife had to enter the work force to keep up with inflation and the Joneses. Now children are even separated from their friends with this electronic void of never knowing what a true friend is. What chance will they have in life? What kind of future are we building here? Instead of seeing how small we are in the real world, we are pushed to us being the center of the narcissistic virtual world.

Then there is the burnout experienced from all of the constant back and forth. Responding to people’s comments, likes and dislikes.  Then you have to think, “did I say this right” or “how will they take this?”  I can imagine at some point this becomes real work to balance all of these “friends.” Everyone is always looking over your shoulder and all in your business. That would be to much for me and I have no idea why people subject themselves to this kind of scrutiny. If anything, wouldn’t it get boring? Don’t we have anything better to do?

One other thought I would like to explore is how many of your friends are because of circumstances or real friends? We are friends with school mates, co-workers, family, and neighbors by circumstances. They are in your life and they are agreeable enough to spend sometime with. For the most part you either never really get to know them or you really don’t want to know them. If you were not living with these people, how many would you pursue in real life?

One interesting thing I have found working on this project and consulting with people, is I tend to have deeper conversations with these one on one calls than most people have in their real lives. I have no time for superficiality and often ask tough questions and challenge people. It instantly breaks through the mask we all wear. It gets to the real issue and the real person asking it. I think once you get beyond the mask, you can become real friends and have deeper relationships. You should not be afriad to fry this with the people in your life. You will either have less negative people in your life or your will have deeper relationships with the ones you love.

I predict that there will come a time when people will quit all of this vapid social networking and reestablish a real life. I believe that the crash of the dollar will coincide with this. We will no longer able to get something for nothing and give up everything real, for that nothing. We will have a new day where we get back to something that really matters. A smaller, slower, more local life is in your future. That of course is after a massive social upheaval. Those who have the strongest real relationships, will be the most likely to succeed.

Do yourself a favor today and go into your Facebook account settings and deactivate your Facebook account. Don’t worry, everything is saved for a couple of months (millenia…) Blow past the creepy John and Mary will miss you pictures and post a link to this article as your reason for doing it. See how many people notice you are missing. See if someone would find you and try to contact you? If they do they are probably a real friend and someone you should share a deeper relationship with than you have ever had with them on Facebook.

If you need further reason to quit Facebook, consider some of the videos below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFhyeq5OH_0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2xs-Hu5fEE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enNV3raMDzI

53 comments to Delete Facebook

  • Wow. This is pretty intense. It puts in words things only I thought.

  • Nebo

    Good piece! Contained many of my thoughts.

  • Andrew

    I use Facebook mostly for good reasons (keeping up with my friends, coordinating events, sharing pictures, meeting people with similar interests, etc.), but this article makes me think that it might be time to shave my friends list a little.

  • CactusAttackedUs

    Huh. Not a week ago did I just go ahead and pull the trigger on deleting my FB. My sister convinced me to use it for a while, and I just hated it – yet I still had my account sitting around anyway. Not anymore. It felt so satisfying to delete, I must say. I reject the whole experience.

  • Good job, you seemed to lose your way a bit 3/4ths of the way through though. You seem to be churning stuff out rapidly, which is good, would be good to do a review as you have numerous errors (i.e. spelling/grammar) in the article.

    I deleted my account many months ago.

    Just as you describe, I have not been contacted by anyone as far as I can tell, maybe one or two folks.

    Just as you learned to become obsessed with FB, you learn to live as if you never knew such a thing.

    I would disagree with you on one thing, I don’t think that “most” people use it moderately, my informal survey suggests the majority use it obsessively.

    An utter and complete narcissistic trap, the more you use it the more pathetic you become.

    Get off FB, be a man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ-8OvGn9yA

    • Silver Shield

      I spent way to much time putting that article together and got tired of looking at it last night and posted it. I went through it again and cleared up some more grammar.

  • Erasmus B. White

    In essence Facebook, or any other social network, is nothing more than a government brain child whose sole purpose is to gain more information on the general population. Information that they really cannot get from other sources. So if you feel comfortable feeding this info to some entity that does not care about you, but simply wants nothing more than to know everything about you, continue to feed the beast.

  • Gram Marguy

    If Facebook is the second greatest expression of narcissism then what, in your opinion, is the ultimate expression of narcissism? Or are you willing to concede that you didn’t know what the word ‘penultimate’ meant?

    • Silver Shield

      I guess having your own blog is the ultimate…

      I never claimed to be a grammar god.

  • Steve

    Who is the lady in the blue dress in all the pics?

    • Silver Shield

      That is the famous Open Mouth girl…
      A couple of years ago some one posted a bunch of pictures of this girl and the fact that she has the same weird smile in every picture.
      I thought it was symbolic of a mask we wear to hide what is really going on.

  • Professor X

    Youre grammar is not bad for someone from Jersey, man (har-har)

    Ive been contemplating getting off of assbook for a long time. Ive already made everyone on planet earth aware of my thinking on that stupid site (before realizing it was part of the algorythm), so the cats out of the bag anyway (lol). I might get off anyway just as a statement….might even usethis article as my last post….theres an idea

    • Silver Shield

      A little know fact that I was in 10 different schools growing up and never had a consistent educational experience growing up.

  • planettom

    There is also a difference and option to either delete or deactivate your account. If you deactivate it, you can come back at anytime, simply by logging in, and your account will reappear as if you never left. You can delete your account permanently too. Buried in the menu lists somewhere on the page, you can do this. Essentially your account is “deactivated” for two weeks, then after 14 days it is deleted for good. But, if you login within those 14 days, your account is completely active again. http://www.wikihow.com/Permanently-Delete-a-Facebook-Account

    I started to delete my account, then reactivated it to keep in touch with family I haven’t seen in years. I am thinking again of deleting it, and simply staying in touch with distant family via email. I quit smoking after years, I can quit facebook too. I don’t want to be part of the algorithm machine.

  • Magnolia

    I completely agree with this article. These are the reasons that I disconnected my Facebook page after a year of use. I want to add something though. In order to permanently delete (or so they say) your account, you must hit the “Delete” button instead of the “Deactivate” button. “Deactivate” only takes off your page, but ALL of your information is saved in the event that you decide 3 months later to start up your Facebook page again. If you hit “delete”, Facebook will remove your page, and after a two-week waiting period, your information will be permanently deleted. Again, “Deactivate” never permanently removes your information. This is another reason to NEVER put any copyrighted works, such as your writing or music on Facebook.

    I also found Facebook to be completely narcissistic and pointless. Oh sure, I reconnected with a lot of the folks I went to church with in my hometown, and that was fun; however, I soon realized that after the initial reconnection, that was about it. Once they caught up with me, saw my husband or asked where I lived, they were finished. They had their own lives and were busy with posting their every move, to include when they were away from the house. How utterly stupid! They might as well have said, “Attention all burglars…….we’ll be on vacation for a week”. I couldn’t believe educated people behave this way. Finally, I saw that Facebook was not about true networking and friendship, this was about ego-driven people who still exemplified the same immature thought patterns after twenty years of life experience. Since I’ve deleted my Facebook account, I have not missed it for one minute. Great article, Silver Shield!

  • Yeah, the only qualm about retaining FB is the keeping in touch part.

    However, when you think about it, if this is what it’s come down to, keeping in touch via FB, then well, ’nuff said!

    DELETE!

    Your humility, self-confidence and humanity will be better for it.

  • IDSilver

    Wow! I really feel bad now. I rarely use my facebook but yesterday afternoon I used the facebook link below the “Amusing Ourselves to Death” article to try and get the word out and “wake some people up”.

  • dusty

    Re: Delete Facebook
    By Silver Shield,on June 14th,2011

    I think Silver Shield is full of crap and too opinionated regarding his opinions about Facebook. Pointless, who cares about what you think?

    I get to see what my family is doing in Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma and here in New Mexico. I get to see what is going on in the movie biz, and who is working and who is looking for people. I work in the movie biz. Good resource, reference and social networking. It does exactly what it was built to do,for people that want to stay connected with family, friends and business.

    If I want to call someone I can. If I want to email them I can. And I do. This expands our knowledge of what is going on and we still have a life outside of computers. You are old school and a dinasaur that will be gone soon. Facebook or other social networks will be here long after we are gone.

    On FB I get to share with my children my thoughts on posts they make regarding how they feel. It is enjoyable to read peoples thoughts they can express in the middle of the night or in moments of reflection. I love to see the pictures and post pictures and videos. I don’t have to send them out over and over again.

    If Sliver missed that, then Silverman it is not for Silverman… but don’t tell others to kill something because you don’t understand it.

    Too many people want to dystroy something good for people because they are paid to do it or because they do not understand.

    But that is just my opinion.

    Or… you are being paid to write so you take a shot at the big guys to try to elevate yourself to their level. That makes your article newsworthy… not!!! I was just thinking how redundant it is to have facebook and linkedin. I bet linkedin would pay someone to write a negative article with a title like “Delete Facebook” They would like that. But I digress.

    OK… I must confess, I did not finish reading your article… because it was going nowhere. I can give you no more of my valuable time. It means nothing and it is full of empty thoughtless jibberjive. I have to get back to Facebook.

    Someone should delete your article.

  • Dusty the Dud

    Dusty, STFU.

  • Liberty Hound

    Good arrticle Chris. I was hesitant to open a Facebook account but after many of my friends asked if I was on Facebook I decided to make the plunge. It didn’t take long to realize that it was, for the most part a waste of time. I did connect with some old friends but after a while that dwindled away. There are a couple of friends that I discuss articles we post on Facebook regarding our eroding constitutional rights and the corrupt government that is destroying our way of life. I will say that I have learned that the majority of the general public has no clue as to what is going on right under their noses. The narcissism you mention in your essay is very prominent. That coupled with the fact that people are going through life in their reality based TV and prozac induced comas have no clue that life as we know it is going to change and change in a big way.
    I am going to delete my Facebook account and I will use this essay as well as some comments of my own to make a grand exit from the Facebook “stage”. The sad part will be that no one will really care because 1) its not about them and 2) they think denial is a river in Egypt.

  • PitBull Pappa

    I never started a facebook account nor have I ever had the desire to do so. It’s funny that a couple of lifetime friends of mine have told me that everyone that we went to high school with is on facebook… we graduated back in 1988… lol My attitude is that I haven’t had contact with all of those people since graduation… why would I want to bother now? Nope… no thank you… I decline.

    I’m a very private person and I keep my work and personal life as seperate as I can. The thought of displaying all of my personal issues to the world is not a desire I have. I just can’t phathom why people want to put all of their personal business out there like that… then again… we do live in a Jerry Springer/Maury Provich type society.

    I don’t have a cell phone… I don’t use any type of GPS technology and I most definately don’t have any desire to share my personal life with EVERYONE. I don’t like being tracked and/or monitored. Funny thing… so many people at work were always on facebook that the entire hospital network has banned facebook from the work pc browsers… lol

    Keep stack’n… hold strong & go long…

    PBP

  • twisted titan

    WHEN THE REVOLUTION STARTS ……..NOBODY ON FB WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU.

    BUT THEY WILL BE THERE TO QUICKLY SNITCH YOU OUT

  • Lynn

    I totally agree with your article- the strangest thing is this- two days ago I deactivated my facebook account and then boom! today I found your article. I left for another reason too. Facebook is too often used by people as a way of seeking revenge, publicly humiliating and downright nasty meanness. I wont be a part of something that can hurt other people that way. Now that I read the other comments – I plan on finding the Delete button and getting rid of it all together- I didnt realize I could do that- thanks for the info!

  • Paul Chesterworth

    The CIA has been working on this type of information technology for years. They now have legal access to your medical records with healthcare bill. That information used to be private and could not be viewed without court subpoena. They also have legal access to your financial records through the banking reform bill. Now they can view your information without leaving any traces to indicate someone has viewed your records. Traffic into your financial records used to be tracked, for very good reason. The only information the government needed was personal information about people’s friends and associates. With Twitter and Face book they get all the personal information they need to manipulate the masses and evaluate the effects. Information is power and information technology is the answer to controlling the masses

  • JT

    You mentioned bitcoin in passing. Bitcoin is not money,as you stated. It is a free floating currency that can not be seized, frozen, or taxed.

    If you think about it, there are some advantages to having such a system in place when combating the current corrupt system. One can always convert many world currencies into bit coins and then bit coins into currency through various exchanges.

    Just because people, in general, have misused the tools of technology to forge the chains of slavery doesn’t mean the rest of us can not use those very tools to break those chains.

  • twisted titan

    man when you listen to those marketers is talk you can’t help but think they are vultures.

    it’s not about helping it’s about extracting maximum revenue for their private benefit

  • PitBull Pappa

    Did anyone hear about the bitcoin theft? Here’s a link to the article…

    http://sgtreport.com/2011/06/close-to-us500k-stolen-in-first-major-bitcoin-theft-2/

    Keep stack’n… hold strong & go long…

    PBP

  • Ragnar

    FB, as with most substances or mediums exchanged, can provide both benefit and bereavement. It must, as with a drug, be used in moderation, and never allowed to consume you and your more relevant relationships. In likening this medium to a drug, a similar analogy exists, it should not be outlawed or outright spat upon for some benefits do exist among it’s many dangerous side effects.

    Also, since bitcoins have been addressed in the article comments, and their ability to be stolen, I would like to point out to you that your silver and gold may be stolen as well if you do not take necessary means to secure their safety. I am not a bitcoin salesman, but I own some in addition to my precious metal. I admire their anonymity, but I would not leave them in a hackable storage compartment on my computer anymore than I would stack ingots in my driveway. It is incumbent upon the owner to secure a location for their wealth. If you disagree, then you may as well put your money in the bank or the stock market.

  • James Woroble Jr

    Behind Facebook—A New World Order Agenda?

    If you have wondered why Facebook, Twitter, Google, Dell, and Paypal dominate the internet, researching the founder and their Zionist relations may answer the question.

    http://adventofdeception.com/facebook-ciacover-nwo-agenda/

    Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
    Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone co-founder of Twitter. Most sources give Jack Dorsey credit as the founder of Twitter, however Jack Dorsey is a co-founder.
    Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google
    Google also owns “Blogger” and YouTube
    Peter Thiel Founder of Paypal, and original founder for Facebook
    Michael Saul Dell, founder of Dell
    Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle
    Phillipe Kahn, founder of Borland.
    Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft.

  • M

    100% Agree. I got rid of Facebook the first time because of privacy reasons and only reactivated because my wife liked having me give her Pokes or sweet little Comments on her Wall. Then I got really perturbed by FB’s ongoing privacy invasions in its expanding TOS. I finally deleted it for the last time, and hugged my wife and physically poked her, then whispered to her how much I loved her. Then I asked her, “Now, isn’t that better than reading about it on a computer monitor?” She’s still on there mostly to keep up with family that live out of state, but I hope she too will one day forsake the FB addiction. She’s on there alot less which is good, but I’m convinced this FB thing is much more evil than it can provide anything truly good or positive in life. Great article!

  • Frank Hawkes

    Chris, I’m as you know from Australia and I and many friends think you are a hero. I can’t believe that after all the work you put into your blog that there are people who would even bother or have the audacity to pick you up on your grammar. To these wankers I say get your head out of your arse and get a life and pay this wonderfull man the respect that is due him.

    As we say, they walk amounst us.

    Frank, a fellow deciple of the great and awesome creator.

  • Good reasons to delete your Facebook account or never get one in the first place, however the only reason we need is to know that Facebook is a government tool of profiling and surveillance, bottom line. I believe your posted YouTube videos were intended to reveal this but as you can see they have been removed.

  • James Woroble Jr

    Will Facebook Collapse?

    Facebook doesn’t fade away. Almost everyday day appear bits of news revealing new privacy threats to its users, bugs, new membership records, and revolutions in the Arab World in which Zuckerberg et al. are involved. One of the strangest such events involved Google. On May 2011 it was published somebody hired Burson-Marsteller, a top public-relations firm, to pitch anti-Google stories to newspapers, urging them to investigate claims that Google was invading people’s privacy. Burson even offered to help an influential blogger write a Google-bashing op-ed, which it promised it could place in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, and The Huffington Post. The blogger turned down Burson’s offer and posted the emails that Burson had sent him. It got worse when USA Today broke a story accusing Burson of spreading a “whisper campaign” about Google “on behalf of an unnamed client.” Michael Arrington published in TechCrunch that the secret client was Facebook. The abovementioned John Mercurio emails are now widely available. The event has been described as offensive, dishonest, cowardly and really, really dumb. The same old Jewish Wars with a new twist. Facebook lost face.

    This type of anti-social behavior is enough to disqualify Facebook as an acceptable company in the eyes of honest people. This assessment is sealed by the additional fact Facebook openly disregards its customers safety and Human Rights; the company clearly violates article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. Thus, Facebook is unacceptable in its actual format.

    [CONT] http://www.roytov.com/articles/ivileague.htm

  • Joyblossom

    Im very glad that I decided to finally delete my account. All throughout my high school life, I couldnt wait to be separated from the people that I grew up with. Ironically, I had a facebook account and was “friends” with all of these people who I couldnt stand because was curious about their social lives. I just graduated this year and I feel as though as long as I have a facebook account, I will still be connected to these people who I want to forget. So in order for me to move on with my life, I feel as though deleting my facebook account is the best choice.

    • Silver Shield

      That is a funny observation… All of our lives we are waiting to grow up and get away to be independent of the people around us. Now with Facebook we are exposing ourselves to the same people and then forcing ourselves to hear their comments about stuff we don’t care about…

  • A very simple way is to use http://fbless.com, it’ll takes you less than 2 minutes of your time !

  • Judd Wofford

    I just did it…..for the second time. What a total time waster, I feel better already!

  • mp3rmd

    So many wonderful comments from some amazing minds to follow such a great article! I had to laugh out loud at some comments because they are SO honest! I have a love/hate relationship with FB, too. It can be good at times, and a horrible enemy other times…kind of like some black hole that just sucks me into cyberspace, and I feel helpless to pull myself back out of! I joke with the people who are my FB “friends” (90% family and real-life friends) about my “semi-annual” FB visit. I usually go on every few months, post an encouraging comment with a brief update about my fraudulent foreclosure fight in court (still in my home, btw), and encourage others to consider helping a family that is having their home stolen by the banks…then I log off for another several months. All in all, I could live without FB.

  • Notice that almost all the Youtube links you posted have been blocked…Hmmm.

  • Marcus

    I have read your article with interest and get a lot of what you say, however, I do have a Facebook account and I will be keeping it as long as FB exists. I find it a very useful medium for keeping in contact with friends and family especially when they are abroad. I also use it to publish motivational, inspirational and other feel good messages and articles. If used wisely and with the various privacy controls set, FB can be a useful free resource. :)

  • Badger

    The videos are down.

  • Have never been on FB and never will be. Agree with all you have said silver shield. I have never wanted to be one of the sheeple, and don’t understand why so many want to give up thier individuality to become one of the pack. I prefer to live in the real world. After the crash we will be too busy surviving, a scary wake up for many ,many people. Keep posting !!

  • CitznKate

    Wow. Interesting analysis. Some good points raised. Narcissistic, yes. BUT:

    Even though I dislike the idea of having a Facebook account and my husband flatly refuses to use it, if I want to be able to have any connection to our grown child and his family I literally HAVE to use Facebook. People who have fewer reasons to maintain contact with my stepson and his family than my husband and I are more familiar with what’s going on their lives than we are, because of Facebook. I finally threw in the towel this weekend and set up an account.

    My list of people the system calls “friends” is very small and I plan to keep it that way.

    Already I have noted a problem. Because I listed someone as a “friend,” a person from my past with whom I was hoping to sever all connections has shown up as a potential “friend.” One bleep from that person and the account will be shut down.

  • Am I wrong to see some irony in the fact that this video contains a speaker advising marketers to kill themselves, yet is hosted by YouTube, a service that is available without charge to users because of marketing?

  • Ron Trickel

    Ron

    I’m still trying to figure out how to close my FB account. I’ve looked for it several times. Is it really that obvious how to close it down. So for now it’s just sitting there reminding me constantly that I have messages and people that want to be “friends”.

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