For me, it's always interesting to discuss about people's behaviors and habits. Moreover, if the behaviors or habits being talked about are "so us". Danah Boyd, an internet researcher, found this behavioral-habitual facts. Don't be surprised that i'm doing things exactly the same as Mikalah and Shamika. Not only whitewalling, i'm recently super-loggoff-ing myself from Facebook. The difference is i'm super-logoff-ing because i don't want to be distracted with the posts or comments sent by my Facebook friends. I need to get focused on my thesis, that's why i'm doing it temporarily.
"The super-logoff and whitewalling are ways to designate what some teens have been doing in order to have total control over who posts what (and when) on their Facebook page", wrote Mr. Hathaway here. On his blog, Anthony Mayfield, Vice President of iCrossing, a search and social media-led digital company, agreed that the whitewalling phenomenon looks like evidence for the notion that people want to retain some control over their privacy and what the world sees and hears about them.
[Source : http://www.urlesque.com/2010/11/11/facebook-super-logoff/]
Well, i don't see the whitewalling and super-loggoff-ing as a mere teenagers issues. I think it's related to the personalities and environment, as well. For example, you are a perfectionist who hate to see even "a like button" or "comments traces" on your Facebook's wall. You'll simply do the whitewalling; deleting those eye-soring stuff. Another example is you are working for Indonesia's government -Facebooking is prohibited-, whereas you are a Facebook maniac. You can do the super-logoff as if you are not an avid Facebooker; untraceable. See?
The Media Leverage
"A day without media" was a research conducted by ICMPA and students at University of Maryland around April 2010. 200 respondents were asked whether they were able to give up their media tools, thus they couldn't texting, IM-ing nor Facebook-ing. I ain't no surprised with the results came up. The cut off access to the media channels made them feel "dying". They called the media tools needs as "addictive", just exactly as enslaving as drugs. Scary, isn't it?
In my opinion, although the research was merely conducted in The States and involved American college students, but it is clearly a wide-ranging phenomenon. To be honest, it might be hard for me if i couldn't do my media-related activities. Maybe i won't be as "dying" as those teenager fellows, but still, it won't be easy. As pointed out by US's First Lady on The Huffington Post, this is a "generational issue". For Facebook phenomenon, she even told her daughters that it's only a piece of "gossip mill" which is worth nothing. Thus, she suggested them not drown into it. In this case, i couldn't agree more with Mrs. Obama that we must limit -not entirely restrict- the vulnerable teenagers' "cyber surfing" time. Moreover, as human being, we need to communicate face-to-face instead of cyber-to-cyber in the society. Too many things missed out during the cyber communication.
Errrrr...i think i also need to "get back down to earth" and become "Bunga the sociable one"; the old me. No worry, as long as i'm at home, i will be able to do the intensive communication with my family. Long distance relationship, surely matters.