I love and hate facebook. I don't play games on it. I don't spend hours creeping. I don't follow links to articles and videos (which I imagine could eat up hours of ones time) but I do check in about 100 times a day to see if there's that little red bubble up in the corner. AH, that little red bubble! I love posting photos of my son who I waited 10 years of marriage for. I feel like the most proud mommy in the world (I imagine everyone feels the same about their littles). I love seeing photos of my friends and family and their children and furry children. I especially like keeping in touch with friends around the world in such an interesting way. I enjoy reading all the different status updates. I really do like facebook alot.
I hate facebook because there's such a disconnect with reality. People who randomly "un-friend" people because something offensive has been said or they're in a little tiff; come on that's not realistic. Adults have very little reason if any in the real world to un-friend someone but on facebook people do it all the time as a sort of symbolic slap in the face. Really, who slaps people in the face... drunkards? On top of that it's SOOOO easy to offend people/ friends on facebook. All you have to do is post a political statement that's contrary to someone's views (and lets be real very few of us agree on everything) and people get so ticked; nasty fights get started, you begin arguing with someone else's friend (a person you'll never see face to face), then you're grouchy for the rest of the day. There are awful, AWFUL aspects to facebook that are so far from real social interaction it's sickening. I won't even get started on how kids are using the darn thing; bullying and intimidating and peer pressuring. And on top of all the societal deteriorating that's going on within this false sense of community facebook is a huge time eater. Even for me who just checks in here and there, reads status updates and "likes" neat photos posted by my friends SO much time is gone from having been "checking in."
So here's my resolution: on odd days I'm going to be odd. I won't check into facebook. I really do check in like 20, 30 times a day (at least). I can't imagine how much time I will save by just avoiding this one website every other day (If I can do it). I honestly feel badly for people with cell phones (I don't own one). I have to go to the computer to experience all these "fun" aspects that facebook offers. People with cell phones have that darn menace in the palm of their hands almost 100% of the time. That scares me. Yowzers!