Facebook is stupid… and addictive

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Let’s talk about something really stupid. I’m embarrassed to devote this many words to it. For some, it means nothing. For others, it’s everything.
Yep, I’m talking about Facebook. See? It’s stupid.
If you’re in to that sort of thing, it’s a great way to keep tabs on folks without them knowing. I also like seeing the pictures of your kids. Some of you hate those “lost tooth” and “first day of school” pictures, but I think they’re great.
I don’t know about you, but the political rants drive me crazy. The passive aggressive posts are over-the-top. The relationship status changes are entertaining. I know I speak for everyone in saying “sure, share a couple of pics of your vacation, but please don’t update your every move. No one likes a braggart.” Feel free to call it jealousy or envy. Totally a spade.
It may sound like I’m setting forth rules for use, but I’m not. I’m no expert on Facebook or any social media outlet. I don’t want to be, either. I’ve seen the posts and tweets and such with Twitter and Facebook etiquette references. I have a quick question for you people: “Who put you in charge?” Isn’t this supposed to be a fun little side gig?
I’m sure I do my fair share of driving you people crazy, too. I’ve heard there’s a “hide” button on Facebook that lets you control whose business you have to weed through to get to the good stuff. I haven’t used it, but I know plenty of people who have. If I don’t like you, maybe I’ll just click “unfriend.” Or I just won’t care enough to worry about it.
What started as a way for college students to connect on the Internet has become so much more. Most of the college students have moved to Instagram, Tumblr or Vine, but the rest of us can’t get away. But why?
I’ve often said I’d miss the connections I’ve made with people from long ago. I likely wouldn’t be in touch with Megan Dodson, Sara Skurky or others from the olden days of Neely Farm. I’d have to look them up in the White Pages and call them. Do people do that anymore? I’ll be the first to admit it. If I want to find someone, I go to Facebook first.
No offense to those with whom I’ve connected. I’m so glad we have. I just wonder what it’d be like if we hadn’t. I’d wonder about you, for sure. What’d you people do before Facebook? I guess you just guessed.
Twitter is a whole different beast for a different type of user. It’s much easier to be anonymous over there. It’s probably a useful promotional tool. I suppose I haven’t spent enough time over there. Instagram is fun, simply because, in my experience, it’s relatively free of drama and politics.
Despite the fear of making myself sound old-fashioned, I’ll admit we don’t have a choice. Social media is part of us now. For personal use, I try to keep it light and hopefully funny. I’ll post pictures of my kids. If you get tired of looking at them, I guess I’m sorry. I don’t monitor (or make public) my friends list, so I won’t know if you decide to leave. I don’t blame you, honestly. I don’t think I’m all that interesting, so why should you?
So it’s fun, can be annoying and satisfies a nosy mind. Not only that, but Facebook really is a great promotional tool. People will like the stuff their friends like. If someone shares a video, not only do their friends believe it, they share it, too. I love that nonprofits can spread the news about upcoming events, free of charge. Dispensable income doesn’t often make up the largest budget line item.
Speaking of, Arts in the Heart is this weekend (artsintheheart.com). If you buy your ticket in advance, it’s only five bucks. Even if you don’t it’s a steal at $10. Kids are free. Even if you only have a small amount of time, go down to the Global Village and get lunch. You can get Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Indian Samosas, feta fries, Scotch eggs and just about everything in between. You won’t be able to miss the huge selection of crafts and fine art, too. Just get out there.
On your walk back to the car, stop at 965 Broad Street and buy your Westobou tickets (westoboufestival.com). The festival is coming up in about two weeks, and there’s something for everyone. VIP badges are the best value, but there are quite a few single ticket options, too. See? Lots of birds, one stone. All in Augusta. Call it a slum. Call it whatever you want. There are good things happening downtown. People are talking about them on Facebook.
You might be annoyed. We’ll see the best and worst of people. I sometimes wonder about humanity as a whole. HEY HUMANITY? If it says “share this with all your friends,” it’s fake. Can you check it out first? Gotta run. I’ve got notifications! TTYL and cheers!