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New Year’s Resolution #11

Post by Karen Irwin on Dec. 31, 2008 at 10:27 am |
December 31, 2008 10:27 am

I will not keep checking my Facebook for updates. I will not keep checking my Facebook for updates.


If you have never heard of Facebook count yourself as lucky and slowly step away from the computer. This is Internet crack and you want no part of it.


For the rest of you who have Facebook you understand the addiction. Keep in mind denial is the first sign of someone who is saying no.


I tell myself I am new to Facebook, that soon the novelty will wear off and I’ll forget it’s even there. That’s what I tell myself.


So far I have 50 friends on Facebook, a paltry and rather embarrassing sum in comparison to most, but I like all my Facebook friends and that’s what matters. Included in my little group are my best friend from second grade, my high school geometry teacher and a presidential press secretary, all people I have known and worked with in both recent and long ago chapters.


I liken Facebook to having all your favorite literary characters in one room:

"Captain Ahab allow me to introduce you to Nancy Drew" They don’t make sense this disparate group on my Facebook, which makes it all the more enjoyable.


It’s not that we have meaningful discussions; on the contrary, most of it is lighthearted and mundane. People I thought I’d never see or hear from again suddenly I know when they are going to the dentist or what color they painted their kitchen. Through micro-blogging or "status updates" we tell one another little details in our lives.


Critics call names. They cry voyeurism and exhibitionism. They say Facebook is a natural extension of reality TV and another example of how shallow and superficial America is getting. I imagine these critics only have three Facebook friends.


Occasionally on Facebook someone will mention something significant occurring in his or her life and words of encouragement pour in. With Facebook you get a personal cheering section. It’s like having an ever-widening circle of friends over for a cup of coffee only with all these people in my kitchen how am I ever going to get any work done?

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