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Why We’re Adding Facebook To Our Already Busy Lives

As you will remember from this post, we’ve been hesitant to create Facebook accounts.  The reasons are simple:

  1. "Facebook" by An Phan Văn, used with permission
    “Facebook” by An Phan Văn (used w/ permission)

    Facebook has a reputation for changing up privacy settings, and in fact overriding many users’ original privacy expectations.  (See this helpful chart for a history of Facebook & privacy issues.)

  2. We don’t have a lot of spare time to book people’s faces.
  3. They retain copies of your content indefinitely, and can do whatever they like with them.  For those of you who want the other side of this story, see Mark Zuckerberg’s response.  (Summary: “It’s like if you e-mailed a picture to a friend, they can do whatever they want with it.  We’re your friend.”)
  4. It feels–for reasons I can’t quite explain–less intimate even than e-mail.  (Although, the messaging & chat features are helpful.)
  5. They won’t allow joint (“married couples”) accounts.  I don’t want to ramble too much here, but this seems to me to be one of the worst “features” of the site.  Seriously.

So, if we’ve been pretty adamant about not using Facebook, why are we changing directions and adding Facebook to our already busy lives (as the title of this post so helpfully asks)?

  1. Our families use it.  Multiple times in the last year, friends and family have said, “Oh, didn’t I tell you about _____?  I know I posted it on Facebook.”  So, reason #1 is that we’re happy to keep up-to-date on what’s happening with our family and friends.
  2. We can’t destroy it.  We’ve considered this, and asked ourselves if it was possible to make it as if Facebook never existed.  It seems like we can’t do that.

That’s pretty much it.  Our families use it, and we can’t make it go away.

Hoping to co-opt a social networking behemoth for God’s glory and Christ’s kingdom,
Dan & Anna J.

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  1. Best wishes. I use it when it’s helpful and ignore it when it’s not or I don’t have time or don’t feel like it. Just like the phone. Our kids don’t believe it, but you really can choose to ignore the phone, too, if you wish.

  2. Thanks :) That’s what we’re going to assume–that we’ll live if we walk away for a week. I’m terrible at not answering the phone, though. I’ve had at least two conversations in my sleep during the last month (w/ people who call too early).

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