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The Digital Gentleman, looking to make sense of the mess called social media, recently deactivated his Facebook account. This is a series about the resulting misadventures.
After a few days of discombobulation, I’ve settled into a sans-Facebook groove. My old routine of checking WIRED, Google News, Financial Times, and Facebook have given way to just checking the first three. Still, it feels a little odd to not be as connected, and I get the distinct sense that I’m standing just outside of a big party.
I’ve begun to observe a curious phenomenon which I call “Facebook Insecurity.” It’s when people, unable to locate you on Facebook, think you have unfriended them. The other day an old chum of mine called me wondering what was the matter and I had to set the record straight.
I’ve had my first “casualty” from my lack of Facebook. A friend of mine had a birthday and, not being able to find me on Facebook, wasn’t able to send me the invite. When I saw him later, asked him why he didn’t just send me an email or, you know, ask me in person, and he stared at me like I had slapped him.
Stay tuned, readers, for more misadventures.