Eraseface is a resource site for individuals who are contemplating or enjoying the decision to cancel, deactivate, suspend, terminate, delete or substantially decrease the use of their Facebook account. We at Eraseface enjoy a good deactivation our Facebook accounts from time to time and we believe you should too. Here's why:

Cropping Out The Sadness

  • The creators of Facebook are architects of reduction. These information architects shape virtual worlds for us to interact within. The more we use them the more we are shaped by their design and reduced to its behavioral norms. Facebook is designed like a high school cafeteria: narcissism and identity management abound in this public popularity contest where comments are made with no privacy and friend counts are sport.
  • Posting our status updates is not "I think therefore I am", it's "I share therefore I am". We are validated by how many people like and comment on our posts. Thus, we augment what we say so that more people will validate our egos. Instead of writing about politics, we may sell our souls and choose to write about cupcakes with sprinkles. 
  • Facebook moves everyone to the center of the friendship scale. Our close friends are reduced to public comments on their wall that everyone can see, which diminishes the intimacy we once had with them. Meanwhile, our acquaintances become more informed about our personal life than we would like them to be. Thus, our close friends become virtual acquaintances and our acquaintances become virtual friends.
  • Everyone is performing on Facebook in a grand avatar ball. We will only see one side of reality in Facebook, a Prozac-induced backslapping smile fest. By only having a "like" button and no "dislike" button, Facebook is inherently skewed toward

    Facebook Killed Private Life

     synthetic happiness. People will only post pictures and comments that inflate the image of their social life. But there's another side of reality that's not all a bowl of maraschino cherries.
  • How's that privacy thing workin' out for ya? Think you've got it all locked down until one of your friends gets tagged in an album that you're in, or another friend gets invited to a party you're going to, and suddenly your life is on display to thousands of strangers and free radicals. Facebook enables complete strangers to know us without meeting us. 
  • Facebook can be a big distraction from doing other things  hat really matter in life. Whether it's reading a book, looking for a job, taking care of business or just connecting with people that are close to you in an authentically tangible way. Backtracking our steps can help us remember how to do these things. 
  • While some people claim that Facebook makes us more connected and sociable, this is only true if you discount what it means to be sociable. Posting on someone's wall about how you miss them is a fraction of human interaction that a phone call or an actual visit would be. So yes, we are getting more cotton candy bubble gum interaction, but less meat and potatoes. 
  • There is a direct correlation between narcissism and Facebook 

    Computer, commence stalking her, STAT.

     This should come as no surprise, but studies have shown that narcissists love to use Facebook for its self-presentation and identity management opportunities. The question is, are these same opportunities fostering narcissistic behavior in the rest of us as we continue to use them?
"Every technology becomes our partner, because we make it, and then it makes and shapes us in return, and it takes a little time for us to see how that process of mutual unfolding goes. Every technology gives us the opportunity to say, Is this technology serving our human values? And if not, the opportunity to make corrections."
Sherry Turkle, Author of "Alone Together"

"Facebook has always had its detractors. But this round of complaining is notably different from the “I-don’t-care-what-you’re-eating-for-breakfast” camp, those people who wonder why anyone would share details of their lives online. Instead, the critics this time are the early adopters with developed philosophies about the online world. They see themselves as taking a principled stand on how their data is used even if it means sacrificing an easy way to see a sister’s baby photos."

The New York Times

"For those who don’t know what it is, Facebook is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game in which the objective is to collect 'friends'."

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