I joined Facebook on September 27, 2007. That’s exactly one year and a day after the social media giant opened up to everyone who was at least 13 years of age with a valid email address, and I’ve been an active member ever since. So active in fact, that I’m sure I can count the days that I haven’t used Facebook on my fingers with maybe a couple of toes. That’s pretty sad to admit, but it’s also easy to explain. See, Facebook is literally everything someone could possibly need on the internet under one roof; your friends, family, favorite pop-culture icons, businesses, classmates, and more are all right there at your fingertips! But what’s got me truly hooked is my laziness. Up until about a year ago, the “Connect [With Facebook]” button has been my go-to source for creating and logging into what I could only assume is about 100 different services. That’s a lot.
Maybe it’s because I have always given myself a pretty ridiculous work load and simply love the idea of saving time, but the more I sign into a service through Facebook, the more I remember why I have such a hard time breaking away from it; you need Facebook to keep using the services you’ve connected to. I first discovered this when I tried deactivating my Facebook for about a week not too long ago. After spending about 10 minutes in a waiting room, I grew bored and thought it was time to play a few rounds of Candy Crush, but unfortunately it didn’t work. I couldn’t play at all because I technically didn’t have the account that I registered with; my Facebook. The same thing happened with Spotify, Words With Friends, and even a few websites I occasionally like to visit! It’s absurd, and most of the time you can’t even sign in with the email, which has essentially made me a prisoner to Facebook. Does anyone else feel this way for any reason at all?