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January 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Quitting Facebook: Personal contact needed to maintain relationships

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Well said and well done, guest columnist Tessa Brooke Stephens [“I’m so over Facebook," Opinion, Jan. 15].

I am a father of children roughly the same age, and I am glad they, too, have come to similar conclusions. Facebook is a great tool to maintain basic contact with people you already know who have spread out over long distances as the years go by. (Personally, I wish we had something like that when we were younger.)

But Facebook is not a yardstick by which to measure your progress or success against others, or even maintain friendships. Friendship is a delicate human bond made by shared experiences, solidified by physical contact and personal nurturing. That cannot be created by a click or maintained by periodic update posts.

Facebook cannot protect friendships that will inevitably wither from a lack of personal nurturing and contact as the course of our lives unfold. Glad you have learned this early. Now, pick up the phone, talk to friend or write them a letter.

Gary Makowski, Bellevue

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