31 May was in the news for a variety of reasons. One, it is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day. But this year, the cause to quit smoking tobacco was somehow overshadowed by a cause to quit another addiction of recent times - Facebook.
The plea to quit Facebook is however is not so led by addiction as much as by the website's "invasion of user privacy".
About 30,000 "committed Facebook quitters" signed up on a website www.quitfacebooktoday.com sharing concerns that "the cumulative effects of what Facebook does now will not play out well in the future and we care deeply about the future of the web as an open, safe and human place". They go on to add, "We just can't see Facebook's current direction being aligned with any positive future for the web, so we're leaving."
However, quitting Facebook is not going to be a walk in the park. Some have said that giving up on the immensely popular and addictive social networking website is almost akin to quitting smoking.
The event might have generated a bit of bad PR for Facebook, although the total number of quitters currently comprise only about a tiny fraction of the website's 500 million registered users.
Have you signed up to quit Facebook? Have Facebook's current privacy settings become a reason for you to worry and give up on the website?
Share your thoughts.