Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thoughts on Facebook

This is random, but it is something that has really been bothering me for a while. Facebook seems to have replaced conversation, email, and general human decency with one line status updates and replies. There is such a thing as overuse of technology, and for me at least, Facebook has reached that. It seems that every simple update, no matter how innocently posted, becomes an open forum for others to post their personal opinions of an individuals finances, choices, religious and political views, and the like. As a society we seem to have turned off the "if you don't have something nice to say, say nothing at all" idea and turned on the "I disagree with what you did/said/believe so I am going to make sure the world knows it" idea instead. This makes me sad. You don't have to support what I do or say, but you made a choice to comment on it regardless. Would you say it to my face? Then don't post it in a general forum where everyone and their mother can see what you wrote. Technology follows you around forever, and your comments will be remembered longer than you think. No one should have to think twice about posting where they are going on vacation, or who they are voting for, or what they are thinking of spending money on. But now we post with the fear that a friend or family member may choose to verbally attack us for our decisions. Again, that is just sad. If you feel the need to discuss or vent about something then do so with friends in person, not online. Learn when to keep your mouth shut, or in this case your fingers idle. Go back to that golden rule. It has stood the test of time for a reason.

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