I’ve been checking Facebook a couple times a day in recent weeks. I had been reluctant to get involved in it, then my friend Cindy got me interested again.
I dunno, folks. I think I’m about ready to walk away – again.
Have you noticed how many people seem compelled to publicize every action they take on the site? I have a friend whose mother was beaten when a burglar broke into her house. She hasn’t written about it on Facebook, but I’m seeing posts there about this awful occurrence – directed to my friend – including one from a mutual friend telling her she’s sorry she missed her call.
Sorry she missed her call. Okay. Well, I obviously don’t know if they’ve been playing phone tag for awhile and Friend #2 posted the message in addition to leaving phone messages. But to what end?
You call. You leave a message. Why post it on Facebook? And earlier, if all these friends were concerned about my friend and her mother – why didn’t they call her instead of posting on Facebook? (I finally came to my senses and just called her; when did I enter a world where that wouldn’t occur to me first?)
I have good friends who are married who occasionally leave messages for each other on Facebook. Is it just because they’re younger than I am and therefore more au courant and hip? Another friend spent a couple days posting names of old songs by the Temptations (or one of those old Motown groups) he must have seen recently in concert. To remind us of how good the music was? To point out the poetry or depth of the sentiment in song names? Now he’s posting numerous random quotes each day. No idea where he’s getting them – or why he’s posting them. *
The whole Facebook thing is starting to feel weird to me. So for me, at least, I think it’s time to lift my fingers from the keyboard and slowly back away from my desk – to walk away from the Facebook Wall of News, or whatever it’s called. I’m done.
And I didn’t even go into how I feel about the people sending each other hearts and flowers and playing games with farms, fish . . . .
Just walk away, people. Just. Walk. Away.
* Disclaimer! Did it sound like I was criticizing my friends? I might take it that way if the shoe were on the other foot. Facebook is a phenomenon that I’m questioning. There’s something about it that is making me feel a little queasy. But you know what? That’s just me. How others perceive and use Facebook is their business. I would just say – to ALL of us – let’s always be aware of when it makes sense to “post,” and when it’s better to make that personal contact. And sometimes you might want to ask yourself, is this something I really want to share with my friends, or am I just making noise?