So I know there’s 500 million users; 5% of the world’s population. Thats a stunning number.
I have a Facebook account because my adolescent kids did. They had to ‘friend’ me and I could see what they were up to. They’re now in college.
But I find it tiresome, inane, and superficial. And…for the people who spends lots of time there, it must be displacing other activities.
I mean I have something around 65 FB friends. I know people who have hundreds. IRL, however, I have 3 or 4 close friends, another 12 or so good friends, and a few dozen more casual friends. From my life I have maybe a couple hundred friends I see/ don’t see, but remain a fond part of my past.
IRL, I have no desire to keep track of 65 friends (many I barely know), and slog through their daily attempts to find their “quip-du-jour.”
I don’t want to wade through inane questions about my likes/dislikes, year book photos, and [less than] witty banter.
It all seems like work. I get a sense that we’re becoming more and more isolated. That interacting with hundreds of people (tending their virtual farms) via a computer monitor is a lot less personal than grabbing up a couple friends and going to a coffee house or a ball game.
So Facebook lovers, what am I missing here?