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So, facebook is good for something

Friday, September 11, 2009

Myspace, Twitter, youtube, facebook- I pretty much avoid all of them- well, OK. youtube is pretty cool. It's not technology- I enjoy my iPod, Kindle, Macbook.
This sounds "old lady," I know, & though I'm a 52 year old woman, I don't think of myself that way.
But, I find our culture's obsession with "me, me, me" annoying, even damaging.

Anyway, yesterday I was looking on facebook for Shepard Smith -watch Studio B on FOX sometime- he's a riot. I left a comment & checked back in today.

A woman I've known since 1st grade showed up as a friend request.
We haven't been in contact in a long time.
I sent her a message & ended it with, "I still love you."

She wrote back, "A day never goes by that I don't think of you."
I teared up. How sweet is that?!
We are planning a visit soon.

But, the me, me, me, look at me. watch me, read about me is still over the top in our world.

Anyone agree/disagree? I'd like to know what you think.

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  • SASSYMOMMIE
    I would agree with most of what yea have stated in this blog....we are a ME, ME, ME...NOW, NOW, NOW....BEST, BEST, BEST...type of socialization. But like ur story here Facebook can be like any other tool, be used or abused by those that tend to use it. But its what we do with the knowledge or technology to teach those around us how it should be handled, that matters.

    I look at it as a great tool to keep in communicate with family and friends that I may not get to talk with on a daily basis but they can come on Facebook and read by status or post, at their leisure, to see how me and my family are doing. I do post pictures of the boys or family events from time to time for those that did not have the oppourtunity to come could see. In my case my mother can not travel all the time, due to health reason and this is a way for us to communicate with not just me the whole family at one time so she does not have to send/call multiple peeps at one time.

    It all in how we utilize the resource....and to keep ourselves in check to not abuse it.


    4331 days ago
  • MOMMIEHAMPTON
    I do not have facebook, but I get slack from family because they all have it...lol I do have twitter to talk to some other family members (only got it because my sister begged me to get it so she can have someone to talk too...lol). I may look into getting facebook one...but everything else is a no...lol I do not have time to keep up with all this stuff...I have small kids, a hubby and a household to run... emoticon
    4331 days ago
  • LINDIEMAE
    I ONLY USE FACEBOOK TO KEEP AN "EYE" ON MY FAMILY THAT I CAN NOT BE WITH, I HVE LIMITED FRIENDS AND NOT EVERYONE WHO ASKS GETS ACCEPTED. YOU ARE RIGHT WE ARE IN A VERY DEMANDING PHASE OF LIFE WITH EVERYONE THINKING THE WORLD EVOLVES AROUND THEM OR OWES THEM... HENCE THE ME ME ME .. MEISM AT ITS FINEST...

    I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR MEETING UP WITH YOUR FRIEND. MANY YEARS HAVE GONE BY SO EXPECT SOME CHANGE. AND THER EIS NOTHING WRONG WITH CHANGE EITHER. emoticon
    4337 days ago
  • DISPATCHER04
    I agree that it *can* be.

    But if you listen to any conversation, people tell each other about what they have been doing. For me, it's the same way with Facebook. I get to know people from my church a lot better. What they're really like other than on Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. What they celebrate, what they're mourning--and they find out the same about me.

    Every person is different, and everybody might use FB in a different way. emoticon
    4338 days ago
  • MUDDER91
    I agree totally. I had a different experience with facebook, though. I found my first/second grade best friend (we moved then, she didn't utnil a couple years later). She didn't remember me without a picture. She only remembered the third girl in our little trio. Sigh.

    How many more mes and Is can I fit in here? I love facebook. I use it daily. I am feeling less alone in my house. I am feeling more connected to my geocaching friends. I am a happier SAHM because of it. I wish I had joined sooner. I, I, I.

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    4338 days ago
  • STEPHANEFANY
    I am on facebook and I have found people that I went to high school and /or university with, and it is interesting to see what they have been up to. I also enjoy keeping in touch with family and friends. I don't post pictures of everything, but when you go on a trip or do something special, it's a great way to show people what you have been up to. I will admit though, that some people take way to many photos of themselves!
    Anyway, i think it's great that you have gotten in touch with your old friend! emoticon
    4338 days ago
  • _APRILSUNSHINE_
    OMgosh the previous post took the words right out of my mouth. Now, I am on FB and love it to stay in contact with people. I do have pics out there, but it's not like after everything I do I am posting pics.

    Anyway, I think that we have gotten so used to the instant gratification attitude (especially people my age and younger, I'm 32). Bigger, better, faster....it gets annoying sometimes. The one good side to the recent mess with the economy is that many with that attitude have had to reign it in a bit and become more realistic and less materialistic.

    I still do love FB though, lol!!
    4339 days ago
  • VVKIMBO07
    I dunno...people use social networking for different reasons. I use it to keep in touch with people I otherwise would lose contact with. But yeah, there ARE a lot of "look at me" people on those sites.
    4339 days ago
  • SAVINIJ
    I agree. I can't understand posting so many pictures of oneself and then asking for comments on the pictures. . . Why do people crave so much attention and what have we done as a society to create this infatuation with 'self?' I am 50. I am having a hard time posting a picture of myself on this site let alone facebook. I guess people our age were taught humility. But anyway, I agree with you.
    4339 days ago
  • THINNAT1
    So true!! I think much of our country's economic crisis can be traced back to the "me me...got to have it right now" mentality!
    4339 days ago
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