We accept friend requests from people that haven’t crossed our mind in 20+ years while ignoring ones from those we see weekly and we “friend” people we’ve only met once.
Throughout the day and overnight, profile pictures are updated, new jobs are added, relationships go from “it’s complicated” to “engaged” or “single” to “married”, honeymoon photos are posted, followed by ultrasounds, followed by baby announcements.
We bitch and complain hoping for a little sympathy.
We attempt to be funny amidst our pain.
We gloat and boast to make ourselves feel better or to express gratitude.
We share our lunch, pets, cocktails, garden, children, vacation and favorite quotations and song lyrics.
We support products and opinions we favor.
We promote ourselves, our blogs, our writing and our skill set all in the hopes of a click-through.
We poll our audience, ask for advice and often give it unsolicited.
We post status updates that either need a degree in physics to decipher, demand commentary, or at the very least, a “like”.
We get our world news, entertainment and weather by scrolling through our News Feed, in addition to the exact location of our “friends” at dinner (provided they have “checked in”).
As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook has become an enormous part of my social media life and I do all of the above.
It has become a favorite
pastime waste of time and my preferred way to connect.
Love it or hate it, remember with just one click of a button [POST], you could ruin someone’s day, destroy a marriage or end a friendship. Think (and please spell check) before you post and always remember “blocking” is your friend.
Facebook is a wonderful and wacky menagerie of our lives today, it’s like being a voyeur, but it should never be taken too seriously.
I do not presume to know you any better because we are “friends” on Facebook and always remember that what you see isn’t always what you get, we all have private lives.
Or at least we should.