Logging Off

Monday, April 5, 2010

There is a new website offering to end your online lives. The site, called Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, claims to give people back their real life by wiping out their social networking accounts. It claims to do this significantly faster than manually removing accounts.

Network Analyst Jason Hill of Clive felt like he was checking his online accounts too much and felt managing Facebook was becoming a full time job. He notified his friends and logged off for the last time in March.

Professor Michael Bugeja suggests everyone rethink online life. "Think about everything you do from iPhones to Second Life to social networking or Twitter, its doing two things at once: surveilling you and selling to you," said Bugeja, the Director of the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State.

Breaking the addiction to social networking sites is difficult, but reconnecting with family and friends in person is well worth it.


Cory Keasey April 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

I do not agree that we should disconnect with social network sites. I feel that social media is just the start of the future of journalism. I am not sure if i would trust a site to delete my accounts. Seem like something that would start spamming the people.

Staci Mead April 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

I agree that we should think about how often we are on the net for sure, but I also agree that social networking can be a useful tool for life. It's all a matter of control, it goes back to the age old point that EVERYTHING is okay as long as it's in moderation.

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