I was reading this article in the nytimes when I came across the following excerpt. I’ve never thought about Facebook this way, but maybe this is why, or at least one of several reasons why, I don’t really use Facebook anymore.

“Facebook is now the online cafeteria,” Ms. Robbins says. “It’s this public space, largely unsupervised, and it mirrors the cafeteria dynamic where you walk in and have to find a place to belong. At school, you have to pick a table. Well, on Facebook you not only have to pick a table, you have to pick who’s at your table and who’s not. And then kids feel they have to be publicists for themselves, maintaining their photos and status. It’s exhausting.