Thursday, May 31, 2012

Where Can You Talk to a Wall and Not Look Like an Idiot

Several years ago, I discovered MySpace and my online life completely changed. With time, I switched over to Facebook and really started spending time online. As we all know, Facebook has revolutionized the way people use the internet to communicate. We are in contact with each other in ways previously unimagined, but is it too much?

Before I get started, I want to make it clear from the beginning that this is NOT an anti-Facebook or anti-social media post. I may stray into the anti-stupidity realm, but that is the fault of our education system and poor parenting skills. Facebook and Twitter are just the places that stupidity gets displayed.

There are many social media sites out there, but I will be concentrating on Facebook.



Like many people, I have appreciated being able to reconnect with old friends and family, but in most circumstances, the reunion was a letdown. After the quick "Hey, what's up?" it's over and now you're stuck with another friend on your friend list that you will never talk to. Sure, you can delete him, but then you feel like an idiot for adding him to begin with. What did you think was going to happen? Did you expect to pick up right where you left off as soon as he saw that friend request?

People grow apart and move on. It's part of life and it's okay. Was it really that big of deal that you haven't spoken with the kid that used to eat glue since you left junior high? Had it kept you up nights knowing that the Latino kid who was in your class for one semester of your 4th grade year may have gotten married since then and you have never seen a picture of his kids?

Once again, I am not saying Facebook is bad, but the ease of being able to find people allows us to entertain unhealthy obsessions. Who hasn't looked up an old boyfriend/girlfriend just to see what they are up to? No friend request. Just a creepy look through their pictures and a few of their status updates. This is also done regularly with the kid that bullied you in school, that girl/boy who you never asked out but always wanted to, that nasty person you hated, your old boss, or the guy/girl you just met on Friday night. It has become commonplace, but is actually really creepy.

It is very useful for staying in closer contact with people you already communicate with. It is wonderful to be able to just crank out a quick message on your keyboard to someone and know that they will get the message within a few hours. I use it to communicate with church members, school officials, my daughter (that's sad), other bloggers and various other friends. I have no idea how many messages I send and receive in a single day, but Facebook is easily my main source of communication. If Facebook were to ever crash, millions of people would have to tweet to each other about the lack of Facebook access. Until it came back up, teenage girls all over the world would have no place to upload the pictures of themselves in their bathroom mirrors.

 

Despite our obvious dependency, it is very useful and I have no intention of giving it up. Many great causes have been brought to light by Facebook users. It is by far the easiest way to send out invitations for an event. Grandparents several states (or countries) away can see the latest pictures of the grandkids. People use Facebook to announce engagements, births, anniversaries and various other pieces of celebratory news. It is also useful for when the news isn't so cheerful. I have learned of funerals by reading my Wall. Many news stories have been brought to my attention because I saw it on Facebook. This is even how I learned that my neighbor's house had burned down. It happened while I was sleeping and I read it on Facebook before I stepped outside that morning.

However useful this immediate access to information may be, that does not mean that everything on Facebook is useful or even needs to be shared. Twenty years ago, if a woman was mad at her husband, she would call her mother or a girlfriend and gripe to them about was a no good, lazy bum he was. Today, they can crank out a quick status update to display his shortcomings to the world. I have seen this on countless occasions from both men and women.

Some people post the link to every music video they watch on Youtube. They post endlessly about every step their baby takes and when s/he poops. The people we like to avoid because they can't talk about anything besides their latest illness or medication they have been prescribed invade our walls with persistent posts about their doctor visit and the aches and pain they experienced when they last vomited.

Recent FACEBOOK thoughts:

I understand that Facebook may have therapeutic value in helping you to get things off your chest, but maybe, just maybe, the reason your kids are driving you nuts is because they are hungry and waiting for you to get off Facebook and fix dinner.  

Thank you for the picture of the cute thing your kitten did today. It is so much cuter than the 15 you posted yesterday.

Your dinner tonight is really good? I don't believe you. Oh, you posted a picture. Now I have no choice.  

I am so sorry that I thought you were about to commit suicide and sent the cops to your place. It's my fault for not being familiar with current music and realizing that you were just expressing yourself through song lyrics.

Girls, that duck lips face that you are making at the camera is NOT attractive. I don't know who told you that it was or why after seeing the picture you choose to post it anyway, but STOP IT.

I would love to comment or like your most recent update, but your lack of punctuation, capitalization and properly spelled words prevents me from being able to understand what you are trying to say. At the very least, use a period to show me where one sentence ends and the next begins.

ENGLISH: It's your native tongue. LEARN IT!!!



I know I kind of got off on a tangent there, but those things had to be said. Facebook and other social media is great and has only begun to be used to it's potential. However, not all information needs to be put out there. The ease of use has caused many people to forget where the lines of decency are. A good portion of the next generation does not even have that filter. Every thought is fair game to be thrown out to the world. We are connected in marvelous ways that could not have been imagined just a few years ago, but it is possible to be too connected.




This post was prompted by Tammy Soule when asked for topic suggestions. Topics found here.

108 comments:

  1. I'm not on Facebook - just because it's fun to say I'm not on Facebook.

    Not really.

    But I do experience a certain thrill of satisfaction when a *cool* guy asks me if I'm on it and I get to say no.

    I'm sorry. I can't help it. It's one of my guilty pleasures.

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    1. "Lady" (I can't call you "red") - that is AWESOME!

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    2. I asked if you were on facebook.......does that make me cool? :)

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    3. @Red, I didn't even realize that I had partially stolen your name until someone pointed it out to me! Lady works fine though ;-)... and I'm thrilled that you think my stubborn mentality is awesome lol!

      @Ken, definitely cool Ken, definitely cool!

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    4. You should add a condescending 'pfft' when asked, to make it clear that Facebook is beneath you.

      I still have a few friends that are hold outs and never got an account. I have a VERY FEW who had an account and somehow walked away.

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  2. I have been kind of sick of Facebook lately. I took a short break, but then jumped back in. I, admittedly, am too active; I post too many pictures, check-in too many places, etc., etc., but I do that for certain people. I have those friends that I would like to delete, but then I'd feel stupid for adding them in the first place.

    I love it for so many reasons. My parents both refuse to get Facebook. Then they're upset when my second cousin once removed who lives three states away calls them with news about my life.

    Ups and downs ... to me more ups than downs, but definitely a not-so-new frontier that we're still discovering.

    Excellent post! :)

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    1. Thank you. I agree that there are more ups than down. I have several people that are Facebook friends that I have unsubscribed from. We are still linked, but I no longer see their status updates.

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  3. Hay gud 2 no ur on fb sew can we play Mafia Warz 2gether? Lolz
    My game name is QuotzLilWayn...

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    1. You captured the spelling thing. Drives me nuts. I will be a little forgiving of the teenagers that do it, because it is just one of the stupid things they do to be cool, but adults that mash their entire update into one long run on sentence that takes me 90 seconds to decipher and I am still not sure what they are saying have no excuse. How hard would it be to include a period at the end of a sentence?

      I got into Mafia Wars for a while. I eventually realized that no matter how well you did, you could only spend money on property, which was used for making more money. That extra money could only be spent on more property which would make you more money faster. It was an endless cycle with no point.

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  4. I have found the best tactic (thank YOU) is just to post random funny things interspersed with actual life-moments that might interest/amuse those who know me.

    I do not feel guilty unfriending people. I only do it if we are not actually communicating even by status/comment. I never let my friend list exceed 200. And I can honestly say I have never looked up an ex. The past is the past. You're (the ex) out of my life, and I no longer care what happens to you. ...cold? or realistic?

    And it was kind of annoying when I was actually talking to my sister 3 years ago and she suddenly asked if I had seen her status update a couple weeks prior. She was pregnant, announced it on fb and assumed the world would find out.

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    1. The thing with your sister is part of the break down in actual communication that is happening because of social media. I found out my daughter was dating by stumbling across her relationship status and we live in the same house! We, myself included, have thrown things on Facebook or Twitter and then have the mindset that everyone knows now.

      As for the funny stuff, as long as you laugh, I don't care if anyone else even sees it.

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    2. Poor attempt at being endearing. I lied. I want other people to read it too. I do have an ego to feed.

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    3. The "poor attempt" worked. My impulse was an "aww...) Which quickly turned to a laugh. Win on both counts. (man, you are good!)

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  5. LIKE ✓

    I actually know couples like the above picture who talk to each other on FB while in the same room. So sad.

    Oh, and it's called DUCK FACE, not fish face. Geez, Brett, get your terminology right, would ya?

    I'm about done with the whole FB thing. I hardly ever post, and when I do, it's something very interesting or entertaining (I hope, anyway). I avoid the "I'm tired" "I'm hungry" "I'm so mad I could spit" (translation: look at me!! Ask me what's wrong!!) vaguebooking type posts.

    Then again, that is for my personal FB page. I have another page for the blog with my pseudonym, where I do in fact post when I put up a new blog post or occassionally chat with other bloggers ("friends" on that FB page) or pass around silly pictures. I'm enjoying my Misty's Laws FB page because I only have about 25 people on there, and they are fellow bloggers that I really enjoy. And they either post funny comics, silly statuses or things about their life that are relatively entertaining. I think that's sort of how it's meant to be, no?

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    1. You are absolutely correct. It is duck lips. I have fixed it.

      Those people that are only posting to get you to ask what's wrong drive me nuts. I never take the bait. Just say it or don't post. In most cases, it probably shouldn't be posted.

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    2. Fish face is kind of funnier though :)

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    3. Fish face is funnier. Using the wrong name explains why I couldn't find a decent picture to include. I should have searched duck face.

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    4. No no no!! I didn't want you to FIX it. It IS indeed funnier. I just wanted to make fun of you for it. It's how ah do! :p

      But yes, you will indeed find many more pics under the search term "duck face." Have fun with that.

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  6. I'm a fond user of facebook. If it wasn't for facebook, i probably wouldn't have a blog right now. I don't even mind the new timeline.

    It drives me nuts though, when facebook decides to try and make improvements and people get all up in arms and start petitions to change things back to the old version. Things change people, roll with it! :)

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    1. I have no problem with the new timeline either. I even like it.

      I agree the changes are going to happen. Complaining and petitioning will do nothing to change it back. Mark Zuckerberg was willing to screw over his roommates and best friends. Does anyone really think he will be that concerned about your feelings about anything?

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  7. "Girls, that fish lips face that you are making at the camera is NOT attractive. I don't know who told you that it was or why after seeing the picture you choose to post it anyway, but STOP IT."

    Yes! Where did this look come from, and who said it was sexy? Geeeeez.

    I use social media for my blog but not for personal purposes. Yes it is helpful and keeps people connected, but I simply don't want to know all the comings and goings of my friends (and so many of them are big time over informers).

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    1. I, too, use it more for my blog than anything, but it IS my personal page. The constant updates about where someone is at every second of the day gets old real fast.

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  8. I have to say the first time I had facebook I fell into that world of crap. I deleted the page, and now I only have it for the business. I don't have friends, I don't post crap on the admin page, and I generally am very cautious about what gets on the facebook page in general! Of course there is so much weird crap I won't let my offspring have facebook till they are 18.

    Yep I am a hated mommy!

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    1. I am sure they are not happy about it. I rarely include personal stuff. My Facebook gets filled with 3 or 4 jokes per night. I am not opposed to being personal, but it is limited. Not every thought needs to be public.

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  9. If only everyone on Facebook could see this page so that they would understand the things they drive other people insane (that way the insane people wouldn't have to envision smacking them lol).

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    1. I did post it on Facebook, but most of the people that it is referring to will probably just agree and never realize that they are one of the offenders.

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    2. I've done that a few times, making a status to complain about how horrible most of the grammar is on there. The worst offenders are always the first to 'like' it or comment and agree. So I'll just be sitting there like, "But your comment just wasted thirty seconds of my life trying to decipher this code and made my eye twitch..."

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    3. YES!!! If I get a headache trying to read someone's status, then it is not me being picky. The problem lies with them.

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  10. Facebook is my pet peeve of sorts. I have a friend who posts every main meal she eats and how much sleep she didn't get, how much she spent fixing her car, how much her toothache cost, how much her vet bill was...she drives me nuts! Sometimes she posts pictures of her food and half-eaten food in a picture just looks gross.

    I've already written a post about Facebook, but I could easily write a dozen more.

    "Like."

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    1. Thank you. I have gotten better at controlling my feeds and deciding who gets through and who doesn't. The option is always there to not use it, but I get too many benefits from it to just walk away.

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  11. I gave up on Facebook a few years back, but I left my account active at the request of a friend ... she said she needed as many friends as she could get. Still, sometimes I wonder about how many invites/alerts/invitations are just stacking up in there.

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    1. You have done better than most people. I have no intention of giving it up, so I probably shouldn't gripe so much, but the stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. Both online and in the real world.

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  12. Coming from a slightly younger generation (but raised properly), I don't feel like I belong sometimes. Of course I am guilty of talking about my kid and occasionally posting about what I ate. But, I was taught as a young person what is appropriate to talk about and what isn't. The one that kills me the most is when people talk about their relationship issues in a public forum... I mean, really?! How is this going to HELP your relationship in any way? All you are doing is further embarrassing your significant other and yourself. There is such a thing as the telephone. You can text or call someone to discuss private issues with someone you trust to give you good advice.

    I also agree with the spelling and grammar. It kills me that no one my age can speak online without using "texting language". When you're on a computer, you can use E's in the words which require them.

    Ok... done with my rant.

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    1. I have been guilty of the things I mentioned at times. It's the people that do it consistently that drive me nuts. I don't need to see someone's puppy every day.

      The airing of marital issues or kids denigrating their parents online has no excuse. Those people should be ashamed and everyone should call them out on it every time they do it.

      Whoa...I got caught up in your rant.

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  13. Oh my gosh brett I LOVED this post! I'm going to share it on Facebook right now! lol

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  14. When I logged on this morning, one of the first things I saw was a pornographic picture that my teenaged cousin had "liked". I was mobile, so I was unable to report it as offensive, but plan to if it shows up again. Shameful.

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    1. It gets difficult to keep everything monitored. Plus, some people do not think about how this is displayed for everyone else to see.

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  15. What an excellent post, Brett! I'm a private person who rarely divulges anything about my private life online. I've cut back to just a handful of closest friends and family on my personal FB account.

    I'm appalled at the way people so glibly blather on and on about every boring detail of their personal lives. They whine and complain and bitch and vomit their political and religious views all over the place.

    I've learned things about people I seriously wish I'd never learned because now I'll never be able to think of them in the same way.

    That said...Facebook is kind of like a train wreck for me. It's terrible but I feel compelled to watch.

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    1. It is sickening. Some people are either stupid, brain dead, drunk or mean. I haven't decided yet.

      Although, someone could make a lot of money if they invented a Breathalyzer for Facebook to prevent drunken updates.

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  16. Wow!! One of your best, Brett. Keep it up, you're going places young man.

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    1. Well, thank you. This is another one from the writing prompts everyone gave me last August. I am trying to get them knocked out. Five to go.

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  17. In 100 years from now, Facebook will have more than 800 million accounts of dead people.

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    1. Very true. I wonder how long a profile sits inactive before they will delete it.

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  18. I prefer Google+, but none of my close friends or family use it.

    Which is probably one of the reasons I like Google+

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    1. I should try that. I started an account, but there's no one there. Good reason to stay.

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  19. Looking at a girl's profile that I wanted to ask out but never did. That's the one I fall for and I agree, it's very, very creepy.

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    1. Michael, I was just giving examples. I didn't think anyone actually did that. You're creepy.

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    2. Oh... Well um... I was just kidding... Of course.

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  20. I LOVE LOVE this post! I am going to share on Facebook!!! Feel free to link up to my sat laughs:)

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    1. Thank you and I will be right over.

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  21. I'm on Facebook every day. But I only post once or twice a week. I approve anyone I know or went to school with as long as they aren't someone I hate. But I have my feed divided in lists.

    Family - obviously my family.
    Current Friends - Again Obvious, but I also add classmates that I talk back and forth with on facebook.
    Classmates - this is where I stick everyone who I don't really follow and they probably don't follow me. But I went to school with them.

    I check the family and current friends daily. I couldn't tell you the last time I checked the classmates lists.

    I tend to lose "friends" when they do the stuff you posted about above because I'm a smart ass. If I'm close or "real life" friends, I won't say anything. But if I'm not, I usually respond accordingly, then next thing you know, I'm no longer friends. It helps keep the feeds down.

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    1. I broke my people down into lists somewhat, but never really started using them to direct my feeds. Maybe I should put a little more time into it.

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    2. I tell people to use them all the time, but nobody listens to me. It's so much more convenient and you see only what you want to see. I also block all feeds from games, horoscopes, ect so I only see them once and they are gone. With a little work, it makes for a much nicer experience on FB.

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    3. I do block applications and games the first time I see them. I've been doing that one for over a year. It seemed that 90% of my Wall was taken by these games I had no intention of ever playing. Two clicks and they are gone.

      Then I started unsubscribing from people without unfriending them. I could still contact them if I wanted to, but didn't have to read their daily drivel. It is a much nicer experience.

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  22. One of the reasons I temporarily deactivated my account is because status updates made me uncomfortable or depressed. I was guilty of posting a few that were far too personal. Then, I remembered my family can view my profile, and I would delete whatever embarrassing thing I posted.

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    1. I totally understand. I have done it myself. I then resolved to keep the personal stuff off. I pretty much just throw jokes up. There is some personal news, but I keep it light. People that know me personally should already know that stuff anyway. It's really easy to just sit down and throw it out there.

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  23. Congratulations, you've been awarded the Kreativ Blogger award! What are you going to do with the prize money? (which is nothing)

    http://michaeldagostino.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/id-like-to-thank-academy.html

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    1. Thank you. I forgot to reply when I first read this, but did address the award last week.

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  24. i absolutely love every thing about this post and totally agree.

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    1. Thank you. We may be guilty of some of these things at times, but that doesn't make it less irritating when others do it.

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  25. Hmm...interesting. I definitely agree that it helps with unhealthy stalking. Or so I've heard. Not that I stalk people....

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    1. I don't stalk people either, but when I have been looking for someone, Facebook is the first place I look and they are found very quickly.

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  26. AHAHAHA. That is Facebook alright. I cannot believe how horrible some peoples English truly is...it's astounding. Thanks for sharing...Im going to share this one facebook. AHHAHAHA. Seriously I am.

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    1. People that have graduated high school should be able to reflect that in their posts. I weep for the American educational system.

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  27. Love this! I am a Facebook fan, but some of the things you brought up, especially the ones at the end, were hilarious. I love the one about people posting their dinner photos.

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    1. The dinner photos are maddening. Do you really think the world is interested in your mashed potatoes?

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  28. I find myself less and less involved with my personal facebook as time goes on. And I absolutely remember why I wasn't friends with a lot of those people in high school. Time has not changed them much. Haha!

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    1. I have come to that realization many times. I mostly use it now for posting jokes and promoting my blog. I just don't enjoy it anymore.

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  29. Facebook also leads to depression. Since people usually share their best moments and rarely share the bad news, other people always seem to be happier and having more fun. Call the Facebook downer.

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    1. I've heard of that. There are also people that only try to connect with others through Facebook. Then, if their statuses are not liked or commented on enough, they get depressed. People have forgotten how to function.

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  30. You caught me. I have looked up my high school girlfriend to see what she's like now (thankfully, she's not a Facebooker and still has the generic profile silhouette and no posts or photos whatsoever). I did, however, look up the hot girl-I-knew-in-high-school-but-would-never-talk-to the other day. Sometimes it's better to remember them when they were cute juniors in high school.

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    1. When the tools are placed right in front of you and they are so easy to use, it is hard not to use them.

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  31. I love Facebook for keeping up with family who lives far away. I hate Facebook sometimes for the constant updates from people who seem kind of boring if you actually read any of their updates. Thankfully, Facebook had this neat feature that lets you hide most status updates from annoying people.

    I also hate the game requests. For the 504th time, I do NOT want to play Lucky Slots.

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    1. It is useful for that. As for the game requests, block them as soon as they come in, and you will never see any mention of that game again.

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  32. I totally agree with so much of what you said here! Facebook has its good parts, but there is definitely an element of it that is pure and simple time suckage.

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    1. I love Facebook and have no intention of giving it up, but it has caused many problems. However, those people allow many things to cause problems in their life.

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  33. Love it! Social media creates a very strange world and view of the world. Everyone is connected and yet all we know about people are premeditated messages meant to paint them in the best light. It's like being alone in a room of people.

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    1. Good point. Some people throw out drivel while others select their updates very strategically. In the end, what do we really know?

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  34. there is good and bad about it, that's for sure!

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  35. It's not all bad---I use it to spread the word about good things I've read. I do post photos of my kids sometimes, but never our dog and i don't play the mafia games or farmville and all that crap. i hate those requests!!! i just love connecting with people, meeting new people and making new friends. what can i say?

    ;-)

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    1. I understand. I enjoy Facebook myself and plan to use it as long as it is around. It is very useful. I focused on the negatives and anything else I found humorous.

      I, myself, have more pictures of my daughter than anything else.

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  36. I feel embarrassed when I read someone's FB posts that include horrible spelling and realize that they probably got better grades than I did when we went to school together, yet almost 20 years later they are still idiots.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. The occasional grammar or spelling error can be overlooked, but when it is obvious that they struggle to even make a proper sentence, they never should have been allowed to graduate.

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  37. I am very fond of hiding people's post in my feed. I don't want to delete them, but I certainly don't want to know what they're thinking. Most of them are from high school! Didn't like them then, don't like them now!

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    1. I am very fond of that practice as well. Keeps my Wall uncluttered from nonsense, but they are still easily accessible if I want to contact them.

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  38. Oh LAWD, you are so right. We all have examples of the stupidity of others. One of my faves is a person who, every time she breastfed her child, posted her status as "Moo." ..... there are no words. I hid her. UGH.

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    1. I can see the humor in that, but just once. We get it. I am a big user of the unsubscribe feature.

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  39. I agree with much that you say here and yet...FB, I just can't quitchya. Of course, the thing is that my FB problem has been cured to some degree by twitter. Which means that for me FB was the gateway drug. Hate FB? Get on twitter. People can be stupid on twitter, but at least in much shorter bursts.

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    1. I have just started on Twitter in the last few months and love it. I never use it on my computer so I don't see the asinine things from people that I don;t care about. I have the ones I really want to see sent to my phone. It works so much better.

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  40. *** the reason your kids are driving you nuts is because they are hungry and waiting for you to get off Facebook and fix dinner***

    Fabulous, interesting, sad, & hiiiiilareous post.

    btw, I've been known to burn the bacon (many) times Saturday mornings because I'm writing my blog ...NOT facbooking:)

    Naughty girl.

    Love love love the post.

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    1. Thank you. I have the same issue with dinner. I will start it cooking and then get distracted by my computer. Sometimes Facebook, sometimes other things. It is a huge weakness of mine.

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  41. Great post! I don't use FB a ton other than to promote my blog and I mainly do that on my fan page. I'm OD'ing on Twitter though! And the combination of all the social media tools is kind of killing me. Trying to work out some limits.

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    1. I don't spend the time on them that I used to. I pre-plan most of my status updates and tweets. Any time I write a post, I set up automatic updates to drop the links into social media. I don't have to do it later that way. The automated systems make it so much easier.

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  42. Well put and actually could have said it better if I tried. Thanks for linking this one up with us and hope to see you back again with us soon!! :)

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    1. Thank you. People drive me nuts on Facebook and most other places that I have to interact with them. I will be back.

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  43. I love, love, love the reason why someone's children are driving them nuts is that they are hungry so please get off Facebook. Please tell us you posted that reply!

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    1. I have given my share of snarky replies, but I don't think I did this one. I am much meaner in my head.

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  44. I am SO glad you linked this up for FTSF- this post is so well written and I found myself nodding along with all your points. Then, by the end, I was laughing myself silly. The suicide/cops bit and the Duck Lips ones were hysterical!

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    1. Thank you. I think most people have seen these things. I assume they get as irritated about them as I do.

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  45. This post was fantastic. I laughed out loud so many times I had to reread it out loud to the husband because he wanted to know what was so funny. My favorite part was your "recent Facebook thoughts." I have thought every single one of those!

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    1. Thank you. I had fun with this one. I wrote this over a year ago and my opinions about it are still the same.

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  46. So right about the let-down after the initial rush of finding a long-lost high-school love. And haha to the kitten being adorable because you couldn't tell from the 15 kitten photos yesterday. Ditto with maybe your kids are whiny because you're on facebook rather than feeding them. Awesome post.

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    1. Luckily, I've had my account long enough that I don't get excited about finding someone like I used to. I send a friend request and whatever happens happens. I have little expectation anymore.

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