first things first…
my sister, Dacy, had her baby last night around 10pm…#4 child for their family – little Miles August. 8lbs 8oz.
thought for the day:
rad photo of the day:
rant of the day:
Facebook. I opened my account in 2004…back when you had to have a college/university email to do so. I wasn’t quite sure what it was or how to fully enjoy its benefits – but the word had spread that it was the newest hip online social network for college kids to interact and find out what was going on in the area.
NOW – clearly, it’s THE social network. THE social interaction. For everyone. Everywhere. That’s great, right? I guess; however, I am currently not a fan. For the first time since 2004, I’ve deactivated my account.
It’s quite liberating actually!
I get disgusted with myself thinking of the hours wasted “stalking” people. That’s what we’re doing basically, you know. And it’s creepy when I realize that somehow, i’ve ended up on a page of a person I don’t even know, looking at their photos (we’ve all done it before, so I know I’m not alone. but still). It’s like twitter (something I am not a part of) – Why is there such a need to let everybody know what you’re doing and thinking every hour in the day? Or why do we need to KNOW what everybody is doing and thinking every hour of the day? People should spend more time living their own life instead of investing so much into what everyone else is up to. It only makes us more susceptible to comparison.
Also, it’s silly how “nothing’s official until it’s Facebook official”. There have been numerous occasions when talking to people, that they’ve responded with “WHAT? I didn’t know that! How come it’s not on your facebook?!” – It’s as though Facebook is everything, reality, our world – our identity. We can become involved in people’s lives without actually being involved at all because Facebook has no secrets. It’s gossip central. Especially with that blasted news feed. People know it, too, and use that as an advantage and disadvantage to others. Yeah, they have all the special “privacy settings” now where you can block even your “friends” from seeing specific things you post – but if it gets to that, what’s the point then?
I mean, what did people do before Facebook? They lived their lives, minded their own business, and did other things with their time like have REAL social interaction with friends and family. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve loved it as a means to communicate and share news. It’s cheaper than an international phone call. And yeah, it is neat to see what everybody is up to now and then. I will be back on it I’m sure, one day. But for now, I’m over it.
Besides, I still have a blog – which is more for my own personal rants and raves – but means I still have a small online connection to people who know about it. and that’s enough for me.