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Over the last several months, I've found myself scrolling through folks' posts on Facebook and wondering how much time I'm wasting on that site. Wondering how much we all are, really — all 800 million of us. Is there a point to it all? Sure, it's great to reunite with so many of the people I've known, to stay in touch with the people I still see every day as well as those more distant, and to get to (virtually) know interesting people I've never (technically) met. But after all the funny pictures and witticisms and videos and links to interesting articles and such, what's next?

800 million people — that's over eleven percent of the planet's population. Are we all just going to hang around on Facebook forever? Is the site going to exist until the end of time? Is mankind's destiny to sit in front of a screen for all eternity and stare and recruit the rest of the human race to sign up for accounts? Heh... you know, oddly, The Matrix was on TV last night....

I remember a great big room with a high blue ceiling called "Outside" where I used to hang out quite a bit. Sometimes it was too hot or too cold or too wet or too dark, but it was rarely dull. I still travel through it occasionally, though I must say, over the past two or three years, I've probably spent more time with the other 800 million people refreshing their screens to see the latest meme flash by.

Speaking as a living being, and one whose very self-awareness brings the realization that lifespans are limited, that feels... well, wrong. Humanity was not meant to careen down this path, not to the point where we're all just anxiously awaiting the next cat video.

As cliché as it sounds, I think it's time for me to take a little break from Facebook. I make no promises. I may still go in and "like" something once in awhile. I may pop back on tomorrow in full force, weeping, "Facebook, I wish I knew how to quit you!" But you know, every time I see that little red notification indicator thing, a malaise overcomes me... and I think that's telling.

We shall see, I guess. If anything, I'm going to find things to do besides sit and refresh the screen constantly. That can't be a bad thing, right?

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