I hate that it has infiltrated our society to such a degree that if I want to find out more information about a Frontier Airlines spring flight sale I HAVE TO LOG INTO FUCKING FACEBOOK! If I want to enter a local radio contest to win tickets to the aquarium I have to like them on Facebook? Everyone is asking people to go onto Facebook and "like" them. If everyone likes everything, what value does "liking" it hold?
I do not have a Facebook page. I will not have a facebook page. You will not see oodles of pictures of my children and what we did two weekends ago (which you don't give a shit about anyway) on my Facebook page. If I knew you 20 years ago in school and we haven't talked since then, I do not want to know that you went and had the BEST OMG !?@? whatever you just had. I don't want to connect with you. If I did, I would have gone to the high school reunion. I would have tracked you down. I don't. Go away. Go poke someone else.
Why do we have to be so connected by such inane dribble? Why can't we be connect in a real way? Look you want to be my "friend"? Be a real friend. Pick up the phone, invite me for coffee and lets talk about something real. I want to see your face light up and the intonation of your voice when you talk about your trip. The pictures don't mean anything to me without the story that goes behind it. I want you to see the sincerity on my face and friendship in my voice while we talk over the problems you are having at work. I don't want 144 characters when they are barely sufficient to ask how your day was.
What I find amusing now is that it has become so mainstream, so easy to access that people are now feeling the consequences of their actions. Employees who have called in sick, but updated their status that they are at the mall are getting fired. Ranting about your boss on your wall or whatever is getting you passed by that employer you just applied to. And contrary to what we have been told since we were children, words do hurt, and bullying is worse than it ever has been before. There seems to be this illusion of some sort of anonymity online. Since you can't see my typing...you don't know who I am and I can trash you, or pretend I'm not married, or that I am 13 and that it will have no consequences.
Some people have gotten smart. Kids now just blur out the beer bottle in the picture they post on Facebook. That way when their mom, who stalks them on Facebook, sees the picture she wont actually know it was a beer (just the picture proof that you were at the kegger.) But even the most careful people mess up. And just like a really bad "reply all" mishap, once it is out there it is forever. One day, you will post something you wish you had never posted and your 5,789 friends will all "like it" and before you know it...someone who really matters like your boss, your mom, your spouse, your heaven forbid your children WON'T like it.
So, why don't we grab a cup of coffee?