Friday, February 06, 2009

I'm facebookin' you

Wanna freak your kids out? Get yourself a facebook account.

One of my friends told me I MUST get on facebook. Who am I to not follow the directions of a good friend?

So, I did.

What started as a place for college students to connect, has blown up into a monster of "cool connections" for every age. Even old fogies like myself.

But here's what I've noticed about Facebook.

People write little comments constantly updating you on their every move and thought.

Susie is: about to take a dump, feeling constipated.
Debbie is: in the mood for a massage...anyone willing?
Sandy is: going to watch American Idol (okay, so that one I can understand)

and on and on...

People seem to be even more addicted to this phenomenon than blogging.

It's crazy. This whole six degrees of separation is quite extraordinary. It's amazing to see how many people you can find if you just keep going through people's friends.

And yet, it's all just a little scary. The amount of detail you learn about people on Facebook sometimes falls into the category of TMI (too much information).

So, what is this phenomenon all about? Are we all so desperate to find people from our past?
Is this the only way we can connect with people?

Maybe it's comforting to know we can connect in a moment's notice in this great big world.

If you have any thoughts about this...I'd love to know.

Cruisin-mom: is off to the bathroom.......


HeyJoe said...

Great post. I recently signed up for Facebook only because I kept getting invites from people.

I don't really understand the appeal beyond locating old friends. I sort of hate that whole thing about "So and So is....____" and people sending each other "drinks" and all that crap. Often if I write anything at all it will be “Joe is doing none of your damn business.”

It all seems like a huge waste of time to me, but then I'm sure there are those who say the same about blogging. To each his own I guess.

Ezzie said...

Should I expect an "add"? :)

Arrrteest said...

For me is like a love/hate .... uh, like/hate, more like it... relationship with Facebook. I got on to it only because my cousin wanted to show me his.. uh, well I've said too much already. Anyway, I realized that there were a whole lotta folks from my high school and college that I always wanted to keep up with on and then one thing led to another. Now, I blog less, but keep in touch with old friends more.
Well, I guess in a way that Time is a constant; what takes it up may change.

torontopearl said...

It took you nearly 3 months to come up with this topic for a blog post?!

In a way I'm thankful my kids aren't as into it as their mother is, but I don't let it rule my life, as much as blogging once did. (I can't handle any more addictions!)

FB has its virtues but you truly have to watch what you say and how you say it. Word spreads like wildfire.

I found out about a nephew's recent engagement via FB before I found out about it from the kid's parents. How off-putting is that!

Val said...

yay... a new post FINALLY!

Yeah, Facebook is kind of fun - reconnecting with people and to finding out what people are doing down to the teeniest detail! :)

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Batya said...

I signed up because someone invited me. At first it was cool to see the old pictures of my high school classmates. Then I realized I really don't have time for this. I'm enjoying blogging because it's a way of connecting on a deeper level.