SANDRA – Task 1

WEEK 2 Status Updates



But wait… there’s a catch


In the process of deleting Facebook, it makes sure that you know how much your family and “friends” will miss you if you leave. A little sign pops up “Are you sure you want to deactivate your account?” not only does this plant the seed of doubt in your mind but you also have to provide a reason for leaving from a menu of choices. The moment that you think …’oohhh god, i’m free….’ up pops a reactivation button. Just punch in your email address and password and your back to square one. So Facebook never deletes your information, it doesn’t get rid of your friends, photos, status updates or apps it keeps everything hidden and waits for your urges to kick in, and welcomes you back with open arms.


So here it is one more time.. The Facts


Today’s date is 18.03.2012

In the past 2 weeks I have uploaded my status 242 times.

Uploaded 95 photos, been tagged in 76, and currently have 237 friends.

And I am now 92% addicted to Facebook.


I didn’t think that this project would suck me in and have such a detrimental effect on me in the short time of 2 weeks. But honestly i couldn’t stop updating. Here are the things I noticed in 2 weeks, I am so behind on all my uni work its not even funny. I would log in just to check my messages and comments and end up spending about 2 hours just looking at other peoples profiles and tweaking my own. I spent most of my time being locked up in my room commenting on how beautiful the day was and how the sun is shining outside but never actually went outside unless I had to, and as a result I feel there was a slight emotional breakdown, being hidden in my room I felt a bit depressed and isolated from my family and friends, as the only form of communicating I was doing was through Facebook. Clearly there was a breakdown of relationships as I lost 12 friends in 2 weeks, which made me think do i really have 200 something friends?? And the honest answer is no. I got so addicted to positive comments, I loved when I logged in and has 29 comments, my partner would say “Look at the smile on your face..What are you looking at?” They made me feel so special and loved and popular (it’s a very empowering feeling). I found myself logging in for no real reason and just staring at a blank screen waiting for something to happen so I could write it down instead of going out and actually doing something worth documenting. I didn’t sleep as much, my spelling, grammar, punctuation was never that great but between all my smily faces 🙂 and OMG’s!!! My spelling just got lazy n I was typin lik dis all da time….???

So its true, Facebook when used excessively is like crack…It really is hard to log out and not to think about it. It’s the cyber drug of the century.


Just Some fun facts

Facebook is now used by 1 in every 13 people on earth, with over 250 million of them (over 50%) who log in every day.

The average user has about 130 friends.

Over 700 Billion minutes a month are spent on Facebook, 20 million applications are installed per day.

Over 200 million people access Facebook via their mobile phone.

In just 20 minutes on Facebook over 1 million links are shared, 2 million friend requests are accepted and almost 3 million messages are sent.

One comment

  1. Lucas

    did you just deactivate, or properly delete? you can, by doing the latter, erase your info… or so they say…