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Last year I deactivated my FB account as a sort of trial separation.  Oh sure the first few weeks felt a bit strange.  I was feeling a bit disconnected not getting my 4x/day updates on my very best acquaintances’ achievements in super candy bubble crush blast but, I remained committed to my experiment.  I refused to cave in to the pressure of advertisers, distant relatives, and old high school classmates (to whom I never spoke to in the first place) to log in.

The days eventually turned to weeks.  The reflexive “must check Facebook” feeling went away.  I found a clarity much akin to putting on Nada’s special glasses in the late 80’s cult classic “They Live”.   Today when I see “Like”, Share on Facebook, “Connect on Facebook” I see Obey , Conform, This Is Your God.

This morning I read yet another in a long list of stories reporting on new Facebook adjustments that directly effect their user’s privacy.  Facebook has gone back to their standard playbook of making the change an opt-out rather than a opt-in.  This time they will be sharing users browsing history with its advertising partners.  Yeah, that sounds like an abuse-free plan.  This was the proverbial last straw for me.  

So, with substantial satisfaction I have permanently removed my Facebook account.  

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I know that to many this small act will illicit an eye roll but I believe that there is a slight possibility that it might serve as a catalyst for someone else to go on their own binary vision quest…their own journey to put on Nada’s glasses and wake up.