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Careful “Friends” Your Neediness Is Showing On Facebook!
First let me say that I really like Facebook. I like the idea of it. I like sort of connecting with people I was only half interested in in the first place. (And seeing how much older they look than me even if we’re the same age.) To me Facebook is best used for self-promotion, glib comments and an occasional poke of a friend who shared their lunch money so you could buy a carton of chocolate milk in fourth grade. At its worst, it is an intrusive window into the lives of people you barely know now that is so dull it wouldn’t even make it on a reality show’s cutting room floor. And as the holidays get closer it seems that much like life, so many are showing their needy. Careful “friends” your neediness is showing on Facebook! – Don’t Get Me Started!
It used to be you only got chain letters in the mail. When email became our method of communication, email inboxes got stuffed with them. (After all, you HAD to forward it to ten people in ten minutes or risk losing all your hair and your front tooth, right? No, much like a bad fortune teller at a carnival it was never that specific, it just let you know if you “broke the chain” something “bad” was going to happen.) Well Facebook is quickly becoming the new chain letter medium and just like when it came in the other two formats, I’m not interested and you can count on me being the weakest link in the chain. I remember agonizing over whom to send the stupid chain emails too. I didn’t want to piss off real friends. (So now you know, if you ever got a forwarded chain email from me, I didn’t consider you a “real” friend.) But the chain letter has evolved like some sort of strange species in a science fiction movie. It has now become, “Post this as your status in the next hour. I know my real friends will do this.” Really? Is that supposed to be a threat or are you the neediest person in the world who never had a date for one dance during your school years? (And can anyone explain to me why these and all chain letters have a supposedly “inspirational” story attached to them?)
While I don’t feel everyone needs to know what I’m eating (or eliminating) when, I do have “friends” on Facebook who feel the need to “over share” and although we’re a country built on our craving things in excess, there’s a lot of information these people share that’s just too damn much. If you don’t have any real people in your life and have to post about you being in a “down mood” just to try and elicit someone writing on your wall, frankly you creep me out. I get that we all need validation but go to the pound and let a puppy lick your face because at least you’d be doing both parties some good but don’t post anything on your wall about your mood and expect me to be your Facebook Prozac.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If the only social interaction you’re having is on Facebook you’ve got problems only a licensed therapist can assist you with at this point. Facebook can be fun and silly and a lot of other things but when you make it your own version of a “Precious Moments” figurine with your supposedly poetic life inspirational insights (when you’re the most screwed up person you or I know) or a place to post every single emotion you’re having so that people will write you cheery messages on your wall, you’ll discover that not only were we never friends (by my own definition which is a pretty high standard and NOT synonymous with “acquaintance” as it with so many) but we’re no longer even fake “friends” on Facebook. That’s why God invented the “delete” button. Careful “friends” your neediness is showing on Facebook! – Don’t Get Me Started!
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