We have had a long, and mostly good relationship. I think it has been about nine years now! Since we have been together I have been able to express both my deepest and my most mundane thoughts. I have been able to share personal news and world events. Facebook, you have given me a way to keep in contact with family, friends, and acquaintances. Our relationship really has benefitted me a great deal and for this, I thank you.
However, like all good relationships we need to establish some boundaries so we can have a healthy relationship. It is my intention that from here on out, I will not get sucked into the comments made on your posts by the keyboard warriors. These comment battles do nothing to advance knowledge, and often lack any semblance of respect. The back and forth dialogues, particularly on controversial posts, are juvenile and if I even passively participate (by reading the battles) I am implying they are of value. However, we both know these arguments are not of importance. Reading them wastes my precious time, so I am bidding adieu to the comment battles.
Another boundary I am setting on our relationship is the amount of time I spend reading the newsfeed and responding to my notifications. The limit I am establishing is this; I will spend 10 minutes at approximately 9am, and 10 minutes at approximately 9pm using the Facebook application, or on the Facebook website. The only activity I may participate in outside of these times would be sharing a blog post or other important personal post, if necessary.
As my primary goal in our relationship is to maintain contact with my family, friends, and acquaintances, I will give myself another allowance in regards to my time spent with you, Facebook. If any of my friends or family members want a quicker, or more personal response, I will still use your Messenger application. I will not be setting the same time restrictions on Messenger application as I set on the main Facebook page. My response to personal messages will be similar to my response to text messages, as I see them and am available to respond appropriately.
Dearest Facebook please understand, it’s not you, it’s me. I want to continue my relationship with you, but in a healthy, productive way. These boundaries will help me to do that.
Thank you Facebook for all you have been, and will continue to be to me.