2/20/09

Same old addict, brand new addictions

Once upon a time, when no one had laptops, cellphones didn't exist and Poppy Bush was galumping around the White House, I received a little paper thing called a "Facebook" that was sent to every incoming freshman at my college. It was, funnily enough, a book of faces. Our entire freshman classes' faces. One could see what one's roommate-to-be looked like. One could scour the pages looking for friendly faces from nearby towns.

One could, unfortunately, use the book to debate the "hot or not" girls before they even appeared in front of us. (Jeez, freshman boys are SO LAME. And I'm not just saying that because they relegated me to the "not" list.)

I assume this book of faces existed at other colleges and is the genesis for THE Facebook, the timesink/blackhole that I just joined? (Nothing like 2 years later than everyone else, right?)

I'm not sure what Facebook is really for, exactly. Is it necessary for me to spend all my limited free time telling random people from my life what I'm doing RIGHT NOW (You: Uh, isn't that what this blog is?). Does my first kiss from high school who I haven't spoken to in almost 20 years (OMG I'M OLD.) really care that I took my snotty daughter to the pediatrician this morning and tried to keep her from french kissing all the germ-encrusted toys? Do I really want to be chatting with girls from high school who I'm not sure ever even spoke to me back then? Is it necessary to be THIS in touch?

I'm not sure. Though I am thrilled to be this in touch:
If you never hear from me again, at least you'll know where I went...

5 comments:

Swistle said...

Are you Facebook-friending blog people? If so, FRIEND ME!! I'm on there as Swistle Thistle.

My Buddy Mimi said...

I still have my old Facebook with our photo albums. I need to pull it out one of these days.

Hillary said...

Oh Facebook ... it is devilish. On one hand, it's great for staying in touch and I've been pleasantly surprised by some of the people who have friended me but about whom I haven't thought about in years (nor cared to). On the other, HUGE time suck. Then again, great procrastination tool.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

I'm totally friending blog people, just don't go laughing too hard once the high school people start tagging me in old perm-eyeglass-braces photos. Frankly I'm more interested in your status reports than most of the people from middle school who are showing up out of the woodwork....

Anonymous said...

I friended way to many people when first getting on FB. I did some 'spring cleaning' and removed about 100 people that were FB friends from High School or College. I feel much better having removed them and now only people I truly know and care about our friends. I had to learn the hard way that I didn't need to confirm acquaintances as friends...

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