After being absolutely frustrated with the ignorance and narcissism (and perhaps you are familiar with the all knowing tweenage preachers?) of facebook, I deleted it last Christmas. I've been feeling pretty good about not having it around, but I am lonely...very lonely. I have only 2 friends here at my new university and non of them are nearly as passionate and interested in their work as I am. Nor are they as curious about the world. This difference in values really makes it hard to talk about anything intellectually stimulating. Yeah, jokes are fun, going out to bars and checking out pretty girls can be fun too, but when I comes down to it I can never talk about anything (not sure how to categorize) "smart". Its starting to get to me. This is where facebook comes in: at my old university I was in the clique of the really passionate, hard working, achievers and I really miss talking to my old buddies about engineering and science. Activating my facebook would be a great opportunity to connect with old friends but I really dont want to deal with all the garbage described above. Not to mention it is a huge time sink (alas, with no source term - that was a potential flow joke . Help sway my opinion. As an aside. I find this dichotomy very interesting. In most science major social groups, you either get the very academic oriented but socially challenged students, or the socially savy, but less academically oriented (note this is not a statement about talent, this is a statement of values). The academically oriented socially savy student seems to be uncommon.