posted on Mar, 4 2011 @ 03:33 PM
Facebook has become the default way of maintaining relationships with fellow human beings, which is quite sad I believe. They call it social
networking when in fact it is inherently anti-social. Calling something "social" when you need not be in the vicinity of another living thing is a
farce of epic proportions. The word "friend" now describes someone who you don't speak to, who you don't hang out with, who means as much to you
as someone who you do not know, also known as a "stranger". Facebook degrades relationships. You need not send someone a birthday card, or call
them, because a simple posting on their wall suffices. And don't even tell me Facebook's games are social in any sense. A message informing me that
someone needs my help to defeat a dragon is not social, especially when "help" means clicking a button and you are informed of this hours after that
person was logged on. Facebook is telephone tag to the extreme. The entire site thrives on missed connections, forcing you to check Facebook to see if
anyone has said anything about anything you've posted or said, as some sort of verification that your musings mean something to somebody, in the form
of a "like".
I am once again on Facebook as a means for people to remember that I exist. Social interaction has been replaced by it, and not being on Facebook has
unfortunately become a hinderance. People are more prone to check their Facebook page then picking up the phone it seems. So no matter how far I wish
to remove myself from this cult of sit-ins viewing photos and text on a visual screen, it has become so deeply ingrained into the way a human being
functions that I am the anti-social one for wanting to interact on a more personal level. "Unfriending" someone actually hurts feelings, if they can
even tell you did such a thing.
What the hell is wrong with people?