Some friends of mine are just suspending or closing their Facebook accounts. They say the reasons are not related to their terms or use or other policies (which I may have understood), but that Facebook tends to take too much time from their life, and/or they do not get enough live meetings with their close friends anymore because of social networking, and they want their old life back.
I’m sorry, but I think that their reasons for closure are just illogical: instead of closing their accounts (and therefore, limiting their availability to their friends), in order to obtain similar results, I believe they could simply choose to not log in to their accounts that often, or to use their account exceptionally only. They could change their settings to not allow new people find them, they could delete their account content, and they could remove some not wanted “friends”, but I strongly believe they should maintain a small subset of close friends in their list so that those people could continue to reach them using Facebook messages too, beside older communication ways (such as live meetings, phone, e-mail, or messenger). This way they could still be invited to future events and receive important notifications sent to the groups they actually want to be in, things that are not that easy to do using previously available tools (and people are lazy – they won’t contact you if it’s too hard to do it).
I could only accept that somebody is closing his or her Facebook account for the presented reasons if he or she would also choose to close his or her e-mail address, and accept to have no phone (or any type of text/audio/video communicator) anymore. (This implies that he or she would either have no connections anymore, i.e. he or she wants to live alone, or that he or she wants to meet people only in person; both ideas are very hard for me to accept as real wishes of anybody in 2011.)
Otherwise, I cannot understand it: not being able to accept and adapt to technology or innovation may be explaning the idea until some point (just like some grandmothers won’t ever start to use mobile phones, although they don’t have a problem using an old, wired, phone), but I think that’s not the root cause of this issue. The root cause remains unknown to me, and I think it must be illogical, such as just random (e.g. a wrong DNA ).