Mashable Claims Removing Facebook from your Life is Beneficial and Easy.

(I’m not buying it)

Mashable recently posted an article optimistically titled “Here’s How to Remove Facebook from your Life and Never Miss a Beat.” The article claimed that Facebook was a bad influence because of fake news, shallow purposes, and procrastination. While the author wasn’t wrong about any of these ideas being present on Facebook, the idea that it is so easy to quickly maneuver your way out of one of the most widely used and well-known social media platforms out in the internet struck me as laughable. For me, Facebook is essential. Not just for catching up with long-distance family or pseudo-stalking people from high school (although it is helpful for that) but also because of how as public relations professional, I need to know how Facebook works for clients. While Facebook as a personal platform decreases, as a business network the media site has only increased in reach and influence for customers. I highly doubt anyone with career aspirations in PR, media, marketing or communications can reasonably justify to clients they know what’s best for businesses to do on FB if they are not combing through it’s groups, comments, ‘likes’, and ‘loves’ myself.

However, aside from just needing to be connected to FB still because of my future career, I can’t help but wonder if the person who wrote the article really ever used FB for anything other than disreputable news, trolling, or unproductivity. The fact is that in college most student extracurriculars are going to communicate primarily on Facebook. The amount of networking that occurs in student groups is still uncanny. Yesterday, I realized that I’ve secured no less than three past internships because of first hearing about them in some way via FB.

The platform is changing, and I’ll grant that nobody is just ‘poking’ each other or leaving silly comments on photos anymore, but as FB evolves, so must the way we see it’s potential uses. Perhaps we shouldn’t log out so soon, or so hastily.

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