I have left that world behind for summer, and am considering it for life...
I have always enjoyed being in people's business. It makes conversations with my Mom pretty good when I can banter back and forth with her about all the people in her town that have going-ons that she might care about. I realized three summers ago though that it didn't make me any more happy to know this stuff, in fact, it caused a lot of irritating feelings to arise and my judgementalism came out full-force. So, I quit! I quit Facebook and it was amazing. I had a summer to enjoy myself away from the computer which was taking up so much of my time.
By the end of the summer I realized that it wasn't Facebook that was my problem, it was my lack of self-control, so I got back on, deleted people I didn't really know (who were my "friends") and started again. The next summer I did the same thing. However, going back to it almost felt gross, dirty, wrong. But I did, because I lack self control.
This summer I got off and miss it a little. However, I am seriously considering staying off of it. The people I want in my life have my number and can text me or (as I would prefer) call. I don't need to be connected all the time. It is a tad ridiculous.
As I am about to write this post I saw an article from Forbes online from Tim Maurer. I highly suggest you read it because it is exactly my thoughts, from him! www.forbes.com