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Is removing yourself from Social Networks social suicide?

Alex Christie

29 January 2010

Web2.0 Suicide

In today’s times, it seems as though if you are not a part of the social media revolution, you are not living on this planet. When planning an event, one usually uses Facebook for virtual invites, to tell people how your day is or tell them your news. Twitter is another port of call and people who are not part of this could miss out on a rather vitalpart of daily living.

Not taking part in these social networks today is like not having a phone years ago. The use of phones and direct communication has also diminished due to the use of email and instant messaging, and people hardly pick up the phone anymore. It is because of this, that we seem to lose touch with some people and yet can reconnect with others. I mean, how many people do you call just for a “status update”?

There is a movement lately towards killing off social personas, in order to get back in touch with real life. The movement is called “online suicide” and involves removing ones virtual self from your online life and letting your contacts know that you will no longer be available.

The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine has got the right idea, in showing you that without social media you would have more time to spend with your family, instead of relying on online gossip instead of human interaction.

This site, along with a few others like the more ‘tasteful’ Seppukoo (“Discover what’s after your Facebook life, We assist your virtual identity suicide”) are not a direct attack at the Facebook organisation and, if anything, Facebook should be quite flattered in the enormous role that it has played in the way current social lives have evolved.

But the majority of people have no interest in this type of online suicide: let’s face it, Social Media and the online world have become a very big part of our daily lives and even if some people are erasing their online identities, it would seem that at the moment most of us are not.

Social Media is only getting stronger, and if you want to feel a part of the world, and perhaps as though you are living on the same planet, you will need to give in to your inner protests, and join the revolution. Your life will be enriched byit, and you will be able to stay abreast of all things current, as well as mundane. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what their friends are eating for lunch?

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