Monday, April 6, 2009

To Facebook or Not?

I am not sure how I feel about these socializing websites nowadays...they are great if you want to stay in touch with Uncle Eggbert in Kalamazoo, and chatty Cousin Bertha in Topeka. But I am a private person in some ways...believe it or not! So I am not sure how I feel about it.

I guess Facebook has it's plus side...

You can find friends on there you have always wondered what happened to them, you can talk to relatives that you want to talk to and not have to stay on a phone for two hours listening to them tell about going to the proctologist, you can see who is doing what to whom by reading in on their converstions and postings- (especially handy if you work for the National Enquirer... ) You can even see how much weight people you haven't seen in forever have gained, and how old everyone looks, which either makes you feel worse about yourself in comparison...or better!

But, on the negative side...

People can see what you are saying to someone else, and certain information should just not be posted in a public forum, if you know what I mean. And really, what is the deal about posting daily snippets about every move you are making that day? Who really cares if you are thawing out a roast for dinner, are now going to the bathroom to read the newspaper while you sit, or are filing your taxes... or that your dog just barfed on the couch?

I am amazed at the info that people post on their pages ...romantic, mushy endearments to each other , gripes about their boss, the color of the boxers their hubby is wearing that day...all fodder for nosy people (like myself) to read and draw conclusions from, speculate upon, and make smart comments on...Not a good idea if you ask me.

My bottom line is this...I am very careful what info I divulge to such a wide audience....and I post only the pictures that make me look as if time has hardly touched me.(If only I could just find one!)..and I don't add people whom I really don't want to connect to. Someday I would like to just get off of Facebook- but for now it is a good tool to use to spy on my teenage daughter-at least until she reads this blog!


Kristen Hermanny said...

I like it for catching up with close friends and relatives. But who really wants to know some of the stuff.
I am sick of everytime I go on I have to collect 30 fish for my little blue cove, or toss a water balloon back at someone.
A few of my friends joined to watch their kids too. It all spiraled out from their. It's crazy. Everytime I go on, I get a virus warning too.

Meekiyu said...

I only have a facebook because my friends and family were hounding me. I find it sort of annoying being bombarded with tons of mail and applications. Though I do use it to keep in touch with old friends and people I haven't seen in ages such as classmates. The microblogging also makes me wonder about twitter too. =/

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the Facebook thing..I suppose there's some value in it(and I'm on it) as a pictorial type of email, but all the other 'silly' stuff I just don't get..can someone explain it to me?
However, when I'm really upset or ticked off or hurt, it is tempting to get on one's soapbox and vent...however, I've learned that most people really don't give a ..... what one thinks unless you agree with them.

Crafty Gal Linda said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree about the whole facebook thing. I like it to keep up with my friends and relatives and although I did get a "bit" obsessed for a little while, I have found a healthy balance. :) I love the easter eggs you purchased on etsy. I will have to check out that seller. Thanks again!