Yes, agreed, Facebook is just a tool. I didn’t remove myself from Facebook. I’m still there. I had two places where I connected on Facebook (the Profile and the Page); I just simplified my presence there. The point behind this article wasn’t that I deactivated my Facebook Profile, but that as part of the process of deactivating my Profile and switching to just the Facebook Page, I realized how much social networks are encouraging unconscious connections, thereby pulling us away from the present and neglecting the present moment.
I absolutely agree with you that the key is to not be attached to the tools. However, if a surgeon brought a chainsaw into the operating room, I’m sure people would be asking if he realizes he’s in an operating room and not his backyard. Being unattached to the tools is important, but equally important is recognizing when and how we should use the tool at hand.
I’m not “harping” on having too many contacts: I’m simply saying that we should be conscious of how and where we’re spending our time and energy. Browsing Facebook is not networking or socializing. It’s browsing a website that happens to be connected to lots of friends, acquaintances, and contacts. It’s easy to forget that because the stuff we see while browsing makes us feel good. But that feeling isn’t shared. Those people that make us feel good because we saw something they posted don’t feel good in return (many will never know our eyes laid sight on something they posted).
As I mentioned earlier, I’m all for connecting and sharing. I’m all for using all the tools available to us. That’s why I have absolutely no desire to disconnect from Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. They are all tools for connection and I will continue to use them as long as they allow me to connect to those interested in hearing what I have to say. But I won’t allow those tools to distract me from important work, whether that be creating, writing a comment here on this site, or sharing a conversation with a friend face-to-face. 🙂