I’m Off My Facebook

Facebook has been the way I recently connect to friends, old and new, but its privacy policy has been concerning me since the day I signed up in 2007. In many levels, it is more a data mining scam than information sharing network with friends. And there is copyrights issue of the content you post on Facebook. And the list goes on and on. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Facebook

There is another personal problem—my on-line game addiction. In fact, I was not active on Facebook until role-play games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille got into me. It is very easy for me to get distracted and level up on those games to feel I finish something but reality I accomplish nothing. I have to give it up before my life goes down deeper than where it is now. Quitting an addiction is not easy but I have done it with tobacco.

I will keep the account until 31 May 2010 Australian Eastern Standard Time. You can still see me social network, mainly, on twitter > http://twitter.com/ApostrophePong, flickr > http://www.flickr.com/photos/trinnity/, vimeo > http://vimeo.com/apostrophepong and on my own blog http://www.outtospace.com/. It might not be as fun as Facebook but, at least, I feel I can trust them

That is the original last status update I intended to post on Facebook but way too long. The decision to quit Facebook was not easy since I reconnected with good old friends in Thailand who emerged from Hi5 and was about to get to know more new friends via Mafia Wars. But I want a discipline to stay focus on making a living at some point and the projects in my head.

Facebook privacy issues have been debated for a long time and I was sceptic about it on the day I joined. It did not bother me much since I did not expose my works directly on the site.

I annoyed with myself the most when I created my own illusion of accomplishments on role-play games and made an easy escape from the reality. From MiniClip to Kongragrate, been there, done that. Online game addiction has been my problem for years since the depression rolled in. Addiction is a symptom of mental illness and it contributed to my downfall amongst other fucked-up incidents.

I was only active Facebook for role-play games: Mafia Wars and FarmVille. On the other hand, I have not created any new work at all. That has to change. I have to stay away from it, at least, until I can pick myself up again.

Do you know anyone who has game addiction problem, either online or console? What do you do?