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Thursday, February 28, 2013

909. Fakebook

Everyone tells me I should join Facebook.  How will you know what is going on with all your friends if you’re not on Facebook? they ask.  You will be out of the loop. 

My whole life is one long series of being out of the loop or not even near the loop to begin with. 
I don’t know what is going on with my friends from high school, which is good considering I can barely remember if I washed my older son’s basketball uniform for his game on Saturday.  If I was worried about Heidi from Algebra class and where she and her husband went on vacation (Napa!) or if I was concerned about Simon from the track team (runs marathons now!) and the fact that he is now divorced because he realized he was gay or if I cared that Kirsten from student council was promoted at her law firm (twice in three months!), then I would most certainly never get the red polyester shirt out of the wash and into the dryer in time. 

Facebook is a foreign language to me, a language of “likes” and “posting on people’s walls” and “de-friending” ex-bosses.  Just thinking about it exhausts me. 
Besides, I have real friends that form the fabric of my everyday life.  Sure, I may not have their phone numbers, but I can certainly check out what they wore to the Oscars in the latest issue of People Magazine.

Isn’t that right, Angelina? 
MOV 
(And thank you to
PointCounterPointPointPoint for the idea for this post)

32 comments:

  1. Well said, I'm ranting social media this week too. Getting ready to jump on a hop over at canigetanotherbottleofwhine.com in about 10 minutes. See ya there?

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    1. thanks for the heads up! I added my link. :)

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  2. This was a perfect post to link up about your sentiments on social media and thanks seriously for doing so. So happy to have you join us!! :)

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    1. thanks! great prompt, and it was coincidental that I wrote on the same topic, found the link afterward due to Wily Guy. :)

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  3. LOL! That's awesome. I love the People magazine part. I always feel like Facebook is nice to have to be able to find someone if I need them - like from my past. I haven't needed anyone yet though that I don't have a home address for.

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  4. Those dirty socks you wash are far more intelligent than the average Facebook post. I wish I was as Facebook illiterate as you are, I lost way too many brain cells before closing my account.

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    1. My kids take all my extra brain cells, and I try to donate a few to the blog, so that means using Facebook would leave me with a deficit.........

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  5. LOL :) I'm on FB only for family and church activities and the games of course. Thing is of the three friends from high school that "found" me on FB, I've yet to reconnect with any of them even though we all live in close proximity to each other; goes with my theory that sometimes it is good to "let sleeping dogs lie" and friendships from long ago necessarily aren't friendships that will endure the test of time.

    betty

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  6. I HAD to join facebook for a community theatre project I was involved in...everyone involved was far younger than I, and it was the only way communication was going to be, well....communicated. And I got sucked in. REALLY sucked in...to the vortex that was like an occurrence of Homeric proportion. After a struggle (again, of Homeric proportion), I now use it as a way to communicate, but that's all.

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    1. see, Kirby, that is what I am afraid of: the Facebook Vortex.

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  7. I joined when my friend was living in Japan. It was a quick way to keep in touch. Now? I'd get rid of it in a flash if I my daughter didn't use it. I like to be able to check up on her.

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    1. The kids always rope us in.....

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  8. I kind of like Facebook because I like pictures and enjoy making snarky comments. It's fun it you don't take it too seriously. Sometimes, when your cousin post 8 political posts an hour, it can be annoying, but you can hide them from your feed.

    So, it's not all bad, but at the same time I can safely say you aren't missing much by avoiding it. Just a lot of cat pictures and me trying really hard to be funny. You can live a perfectly normal life by missing any of that.

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    1. My life is anything but perfectly, so maybe I should be looking at the dancing cat pictures?

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  9. That totally made me laugh. You are so right- I don't even have time to get together with people who live 5 minutes from me- why would I waste all my free time checking out what my old boyfriend's little sister is up to these days? (Yes, I am friends with her on FB. What????) Thanks for linking up with us today!

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    1. I didn't even realize your old boyfriend HAD a little sister! What *is* she up to these days? ;)

      Glad I linked up, and thanks for checking out my blog!

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  10. I think at some point Facebook will be dwindled down to just the crazies. Only those whose social inabilities get greatly amplified on Facebook will be the ones that actually use it. They'll just be going back and forth trying to out crazy one another. At which point it may become the most entertaining car wreck to ever look at.

    P.S. For those of you that are on Facebook but aren't a crazy, I'm talking about in the not too distant future.

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    1. hmmmm........ maybe Facebook IS for me after all!!!

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  11. I think you are being way, way too harsh with 'the Facebook'.
    Without this incredible window into the soul of 800 million people, your evening would be diminished by not knowing that I had Fritos for dinner...(just now) and I am considering a glass of water to wash down this delicious meal.
    See?
    (And thats just a single insight into a single person who is one Facebook. Now multiply that by 800 million!)

    I rest my case.

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    1. bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! you win funniest comment. :) I am off to check out your blog now....

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  12. This is interesting because I was just having a discussion with my sister about this. We have a mutual friend who technically has a Facebook but is pretty proud of the fact that they are never on it.

    It gets frustrating because that's where both my sister and I share a lot of our life. So this friend acts hurt that we don't text pictures or keep them up to date... but we don't do that for anyone, it's all on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our blogs.

    So, I totally respect someone's decision to not let Facebook take up time in their life. I don't respect someone expecting me to go above and beyond to keep the updated when they could easily see it all just by opening up their computer every once in awhile.

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    1. hmmmmmm....... maybe she just wants you to call her to meet up for lunch? and how about lunch in PARIS since you are a flight attendant! I am allowed to say that since I used to be a flight attendant. ;)

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  13. Haha! I'm on facebook (and twitter) way too much but love that you're not. Our whole society is getting much too disconnected from the personal aspect of relationships!

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    1. We do need to be more personal (said the girl typing on the computer while her sons play Legos in the next room........)

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  14. I guess my affection for facebook lies in getting at least one good laugh from someone's status or seeing a link, to something that I might not have seen otherwise, everyday. I do realize though that life would be no less fulfilling without!

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    1. Laughing at the computer is good........ meeting a friend for lunch is BETTER.

      Maybe those old "Ladies Who Lunch" were on to something?!

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  15. I don't Facebook either. I'd rather let some "relationships" remain dormant. There are reasons why I don't care to communicate with some people from my past.

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    1. ps-- and when did "Facebook" become a verb? (Don't worry, I use it that way too)

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    2. I think it is akin to "googling" and such noun-verbs. The dictionary writers have a tough job. ;-)

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