posted on May, 2 2013 @ 10:10 AM
Had a dinner table filled with friends last night, and we got into a lively discussion about this. A couple fo my friends present really have an issue
with internet, and refuse to use it, and are violently against anyone even putting up pics with them in it on Facebook (made sharing photos of this
surprise birthday party difficult for me- had to make sure they were not in any of them! )
It seems to me that older people are suspicious because they don't totally understand how to manipulate this medium. Like in talking about Facebook,
they do not know how to set their privacy parameters, with email they don't know how to mark things undesireable spam to be blocked...they don't
understand that a persons "Wall" is not the place to post a private conversation).
I have heard that younger people begin to use it as escapism from the real world and get addicted, making it a hindrance to the rest of their life,
but I have not personally witnessed this. My kids aren't into it that much, my 18 year old doesn't use it except when his teachers make him do so to
get his homework assignments.
The other day Facebook automatically tagged his face in one of my photos as "I don't know". Guess that is a sign of the times- "no Facebook
account? You don't exist."
But the way i see it, it has been nothing but beneficial for me, especially because I live on the other side of the world from my family and origins.
It has allowed me to keep relatives alive in my minds eye, and know who is passing on and who has more kids, etc. I love seeing photos of the things
they are experiencing! Why was that okay when it took ten days to get a letter with photos, but is somehow perverse on the Internet???
I could definately live without it, but I enjoy it, and haven't found any ways it is problematic in my own life.