(WIDK By Staff Writer BIANCA C.) – Why is it that people can’t keep in touch with you these days once you’re not on Facebook?
You know how many “friends” I’ve lost because they just could not make the time to call or so much as send me a text message? It’s “so much easier to hit you up on Facebook,” they say.
What did we do before the glorious days of Facebook?
I suppose this was the sentiment of the generation before cell phones and computers… and the generation before that one could have felt the same way about telephones and telegram. Who knows, maybe the ancient caveman loathed when pre- historic humans began using parchment and stopped chiseling figures into stone.
Well call me a Neanderthal because I’m beginning to feel nostalgic for the days before Facebook: Me want go back to old ways of real communication!
It’s not just Facebook either. Each electronic form of contact plays a role in deteriorating our interpersonal relationships whether it’s Twitter, cell phones, email, instant messaging, or the ultimate offender, the text message. It’s all too easy for people who can’t really say what they mean to go home and cyber bully you, pretend somehow to have mystically missed your email/text/facebook message/ tweet or to pretend to be saying something meaningful when they actually are not.
What happened to the days when you could get someone to have a genuine conversation with you? The days when expressions of adoration were more than text messages saying, “Cum c me,” or my personal favorite, “I<3”.
Not only do more means of communication not improve our ability to have real relationships, it obliterates our aptitude for spelling.
Is “I<3” an acceptable I love you nowadays? I don’t care how much of a rush you’re in, that is simply not sufficient for anyone over 16 years of age. And If I get one more sext message I’m going to lose my mind!
It’s amazing how something that brings us together can push us so far apart. How is it that you can have 800 “friends” that never forget to send you a party evite, but none of which you can call on if you fall on hard luck? What if salutations were more than a promise to ttyl, which never happens anyway? Don’t get me wrong, I think Facebook is perfect for business and professional purposes, but definitely not for making and maintaining real connections like it was created to do.
I’m going to coin a new term, like Tebowing. Next time you meet someone whose personal photo album you think you may want to look through once in a while, instead of asking them to “friend” you on Facebook, tell them to “acquaintance” you on Facebook instead. Trend it!
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