Disclaimer: I’m having writer’s block, and I’m just trying to write through it. I know this post is boring, but I have to keep writing. Sorry … you don’t have to read it. I don’t even want to read it, it’s so dull.
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I want to get off it forever, but it connects me to too many people that I love. I know people that don’t do Facebook say they like to connect with people the old-fashioned way. I do, too. Unfortunately, I’ve collected so many friends in my life that I don’t have enough hours in the day to call them or stay in touch. So, Facebook saved my social life. I joined in 2007 right after my divorce. I had about 50 friends for a long time, and then one of my high school friends found me. Then 100 high school friends found me. One of my college friends found me, and that world was put back together. My friends from all the places I lived found me, one by one. And, thanks to Facebook, the web of my life is put back together. I can in one second talk to my sponsor in Indiana and my friend Nancy in South Korea. I have daily conversations and a private page with some of my best friends.
Things I love about Facebook:
What I don’t like about Facebook:
I can’t imagine a world without Facebook. It is my television. It’s how I caught back up with all of my old friends and how I stay in touch with my family and friends who live in different areas. It’s the first thing I usually check in the morning, and the last thing I check at night. I have favorite Facebook friends that I interact with all the time and in very different ways. I can’t imagine that I would be as close to them without this tool. I have lived all over the country, so that makes my roots more dispersed. I have at least one close friend from every city I’ve lived in, and I lost touch with them all prior to Facebook. Maybe it’s different for me, but my world is large and without borders. Posting on Facebook is what gave me the courage to start blogging, and blogging has quite simply changed my life.
I’m so tired of the explosive words that alienate people. Of all things Facebook is, it is words and pictures. A picture can paint a thousand words. And, words can harm. They are the basis of building relationships, and they are basis of tearing them apart. For some reason, on social media, the power of words is ignored. But, I feel the slap every time some naive friend posts words that alienate them from me or alienate others for their beliefs and their lifestyle. I just wish it could be all about connection and less about power and opinion and what’s right and wrong. We’re all different, and I have friends who span the globe. Maybe I’m naive, but I want to be on Facebook for fun.
Okay … writing gods …. I’m writing … HELP!