My relationship with Facebook: It's complicated

Think of the irony of taking to Facebook to announce my intention to withdraw from it

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. If there was a status update for Facebook, it would read: It's complicated.

I've been on Facebook for years, and come to love it. I check it frequently for work reasons, to read what others are posting and commenting on. As Opinion editor, I use it to promote and share commentaries published in The Straits Times. I use Messenger to harangue contributors, asking them to write for The Straits Times. I'm sometimes able to identify topics that whet their interests, by looking at what they have been posting.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline 'My relationship with Facebook: It's complicated'. Print Edition | Subscribe