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Facebook To Eliminate Leaving our Houses
Facebook has morphed since its introduction in the Internet community as a social phenomenon. First, a useful tool for college students that could be called a forefront to “going green”, it is now opened to all ages. That means anyone and everyone has a right to a profile. People of your past, present and future are now just a click away. Some people call it reconnecting; I see it more as socially accepted stalking.
The creators have molded us all into modern day stalkers. There are far too many tools that collect details of a person’s life right at our fingertips. Features like “Wall-to-Wall”, status updates, tagged photos and posts all make you hate you more for not looking away. How can you not see what that ex has been up to or what your friend really did when he or she bailed on you?
Even if you say you don’t use Facebook for the powers of evil, it would be easier for you to convince me Santa Claus is real. We all stalk. It’s inevitable. Keep up the non-stalking charade and I’ll be at your door because you listed your address and phone number, you updated me on what you’re doing right now and I even know who you’re with. Scary, right?
In the real world, we’re told not to talk to strangers and yet in cyberland we’re posting about everything. Intimate details aren’t so intimate anymore. In reality we fear what the unknown can do to us but in the Facebook realm, our own friends are the enemies.
Conversations are different because most of the time your friends already saw you big news on Facebook. Friendships are broken up over who is friends with who. There are poking wars and ‘Like’ battles. Where are the personal relationships anymore?
Shooting someone a comment isn’t the same as meeting up somewhere to catch up. That is what bothers me so much about older generations jumping on the social networking bandwagon. It’s called reunions. They happen every decade or so and you can gush about your kids, your jobs, your spouses. And really, if you haven’t been in contact with your old college buddies or old friends in the last 30 years, there’s probably a good reason. But why now?
Social Networking is not something new. Sure, Facebook revolutionized it and Twitter is taking it a step farther. But did everyone forget about good old, Myspace? Where were the baby boomers then?
How can they so quickly turn away from the only way they knew to keep up with their relationships? For my generation, there doesn’t seem to be any other way with all of the new technology that has been developing. Face-to-face communication is now possible across the world via things like Skype and FaceTime. Soon, we will be so plugged in technology, we won’t have a reason to even step foot outside our house.
But that’s okay because we’ll all be behind our computers updating our friends step-by-step while we eat, drink, pee and shower.