Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To be or not to be...on Facebook that is

Lately I have been considering the pro's and con's of being on Facebook.  On one hand it is great to keep up with family.  I actually hear the news before my Grandma gets a chance to pass it along.  On the other hand, do I really need to read that someone is "Tired". 

At one point, I was addicted.  I would check FB constantly and spend an hour checking status updates.  Now I check in maybe once a week and I usually only post while I am sitting in the parking lot waiting for my son to come out of school.  

One thing that really irritates me about Facebook is the drama associated with removing someone from your friend list.  It reminds me of high school.  So what if I don't want to be your friend anymore on FB.  You either ticked me off, your post's bothered the crap out of me, or I just don't give a damn.  If you obsess over why you aren't my friend on Facebook you probably have much bigger things to worry about like why you need to be liked by every Tom, Dick, and Harry on FB.

I suppose I will continue to stay on Facebook due to the friend and family connection but I'll keep it limited.  I have more productive things to do...like reading blog postings.

5 comments:

just call me jo said...

I'm on Facebook, but I have relatively few friends (just like in real life) and I don't interact much with the few I have (just like life again.) I enjoy "spying" on some people and I defriend anyone I darn well don't enjoy. That's how I roll...sort of ka-thump, ka-thump, thud...! Just like life.

M-Cat said...

LOL - I'm a total friend whore on FB but then 'hide' all the annoying ones. That way, I only really see a handful of people I actually care about....

Single and Sane said...

I think it's similar to reading blogs, only it's snippets instead of posts. I've never defriended anyone, although I have hidden posts from one person who was over the top with her status updates.

I've actually developed a number of friendships with people from high school through Facebook. We had a pretty good sized class - nearly 500 - so Facebook has given us a way to get to know each other that would not be possible otherwise, particularly with classmates living all over the world.

I've also found cousins on FB who I've only met a couple of times in real life. It's been wonderful to be able to keep up with them.

linda said...

I'm on FB and have been enjoying it alot, although I seldom post any status updates myself. I just like being able to keep up with friends and family that I'm not able to see often.

Cynthia said...

I'm on FB and like it for the reasons you mention. I have too many 'friends' (lots of political people who I don't necessarily want to be 'friends' with now that the campaign is over but can't afford to offend). The upside to having that many 'friends' is that when someone dumps me, and it happens, I have no idea who it was! I don't post a lot of updates etc. and I have NEVER let myself play the games- I'd totally get hooked on those and I have plenty of places to waste time already.