I want to take a moment to ponder the enormity of the situation, but more importantly, how it become so enormous to begin with.
Today, social media has mixed reviews. These websites are simultaneously hated and beloved, and we can connect them to each other for maximum share-age. They don’t remain websites, but instead transform into something bigger than ourselves. That’s part of why just a few minutes ago, I deactivated my Facebook account.
I remember when I was finally able to persuade my mom to let me sign up for a Facebook account. The site attracted me because it could give me the ability to stay connected to friends and family members, as well as make new friends. So, it wasn’t the games or the pages that held the allure–it was the desire to form and maintain meaningful connections. So, even though my mom had reservations about how safe it was to be on such a site, she realized the connection potential and gave me permission. I was in high school when I made the account I just deactivated, and despite myself, there is a bit of nostalgia happening.