January 15, 2019

The Facebook Cleanse

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Did I just unfriend you? I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings. But I’m not sorry I did it. In fact, I did you a favor. I’m on a Facebook cleanse, and it’s making me fall back in love with the social network I couldn’t stand for years. You should do it, too!

For years, I’d been frustrated that Facebook felt completely useless to me. The signal-to-noise ratio was way too low. I was a victim, of course, of my years of promiscuous friending and friend-accepting. I’d long been an easy lay on Facebook: If I met you at a reading or worked with you or emailed with you or laughed at your comments on someone else’s Facebook post, I’d send a friend request; if you sent a friend request to me, I’d accept, unless you were a fake Serbian teen whose posts all read “I’m lonely! Click here for more.”


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cleanse (v) to clean your skin or a wound
frustrated (adj) feeling annoyed and impatient because you cannot do or achieve what you want
signal-to-noise ratio (n) a measure of how much useful information you receive, compared to information which is not useful
promiscuous (adj) taken from a wide range of sources
easy lay (expr.) a person who is ready and willing to do something (for example: sex)
to laugh (v) to make the sounds and movements of your face that show you are happy or think something is funny


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