From Joe Simmons, S.J., over at The Jesuit Post:
Is Facebook dying? If it died, would you miss it?
I asked my students these questions a few weeks ago in class, after I read the piece “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” by Stephen Marche in the May issue of The Atlantic. (Tim O’Brien beat me to the punch on it by writing this excellent piece a week or so ago.)
The Leaders of Tomorrow who occupy the desks in my classroom responded that Facebook “is lame and no one uses it anymore.” This surprised me, since I know most of them have active accounts, as do most of my contemporaries.
But not all of my contemporaries.
We all know those few outliers who never got pulled in by the Facebook tractor beam. One such outlier is a college roommate of mine, Jordan. Jordan is the kind of person who switches from a strict vegetarian diet to one best described as “flagrantly carnivorous” just to go against the grain (I trust you’ll pardon the pun). Given his personality I initially guessed that his Facebook-free lifestyle was just one more star in his constellation Contrarius.
Yet – and here’s the interesting part – Jordan is one of the happiest, most grounded guys I know. He’s also the kind of person who travels from city to city helping to establish Ignatian retreats for the homeless with the Ignatian Spirituality Project. Based in Chicago and working all over the country, constantly meeting new people and trying to stay in touch with others, it seems like Jordan should be connected on Facebook. Or, at the very least, he should use Facebook to get the word out about his important ministry. Right?
That’s the reason I use to keep a Facebook profile going. “Well, I’ve got to publicize TJP. I’ve gotta stay connected” I say. Or, “how can I leave a comment on Matt Dunch’s latest musings or like Michael Rossmann’s latest piece?”
But the reality is, most of my Facebook time is not spend productively. I’d even go so far as to wager that most of the world’s Facebook time is spent negotiating the insecurities that plague us as humans.
Read the rest here.