Friday, September 30, 2011

Facebook

Sigh.

I know most of us struggle with change. And that change is good for you, especially if you're a baby. And I know that there has been a lot of whining and complaining and outrage over changes made at Facebook, especially the most recent ones. So, I'm jumping on the bandwagon and letting my frustration be known.

But, as I whine, I am also struck with conviction at the realization that with something as (dare I say it) *petty* as facebook should have me all in a dither!! I know I spend far too much time there when I could be, oh, I don't know, cleaning or studying or writing or -- the big one-- Praying.

Facebook is an important social connection and it does serve that purpose well. If I want to get the word out there quickly, then Facebook is the way to go. If I want to share pictures, see others pictures, hear a prayer request or know about an upcoming event... well, if you are on Facebook, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Last night I read a blog for writers that encouraged us to have a Facebook page for our blogs. So I created one. And then when it was all said and done I wondered if I had just created another monster for me to cringe over.

I guess the real crux of it all is admitting I have an addictive personality. I don't have dangerous addictions like gambling, alcohol or drugs. But I do seem to be obsessed with the little tab up above what ever other webpage I am on, showing a number that tells me a new comment has been posted and racing over there to see who said what.

What's really rather ironic is that all last week while we were on vacation and unplugged from cell service and internet (except for the 2 trips to the Library-- hallelujah!) I didn't think about Facebook or phone calls or any of those things. (Nope, not even my soap opera) I was just fine without it. Amazing huh?

When I was working I had very little time to check out facebook. I was on my computer a lot during the day at work and by the time I came home I was actually kind of tired of staring at the computer screen so I limited my at home use of online time. And I was probably happier and healthier because of that.

There have been days recently that I have contemplated pulling the plug on my facebook page. Just to rid myself of the hassle, the dependency, the familiar tug to go and see, the time consuming-time wasting yet entertaining and informative cyber jungle that has so completely captured so much of the world. And yet.... I stay connected to my daughter, my grandkids, my sister, better and quicker with this tool. The new gals in my life via Dream School--and even DRS itself-- will be using Facebook to help us stay connected during the week.

I think about pulling the plug and starting over so I can simplify my list of contacts. OR going through my list of contacts and deleting all those but the ones I really *need* to be in touch with. Then I have to DEFINE *need*.

sigh.

And let's not even think about this new one... google+   
which I had never heard of till this morning.
So I googled it.

Hey this looks kind of cool....

oh dear. perhaps some intervention is needed...

2 comments:

  1. facebook does take a lot of time, but then so does blogging. What, who and which do you choose and why?

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  2. I know the feeling, the new thing for me now is Pinterest. I'm on there all the time "pinning" different crafts and ideas on my little boards. I seem to be able to justify my time on there and on here more.

    I'm where you are with Facebook, I think I'm simply there to keep up with a few people and share pictures with family. It has lost it's luster for me and yet I still find myself logging on and wondering why I got on there...lol.

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