Saturday, March 7, 2009

Facebook

For those of you who are still living in the dark ages and have never heard of facebook it is a website (similar to myspace) where you can connect with friends. I have been apart of facebook for about 6 months now and have really enjoyed it. When I first joined (because of Jeff) I was not that enthralled with it. I am not a huge internet person, I don't like to spend hours at a time on line surfing the net. Never have been, probably never will. It's not that I don't find it entertaining, I just can't think of that many sites to visit. (call me boring)

Facebook has been a great way to re-connect with friends from high school, even some from elementary school. I love that my brothers and cousins are now on there. It is fun to read about what they are doing in their daily lives and to interact with them more frequently than I would otherwise.

The only downside to Facebook is just that, you don't really need to interact with anybody face to face. You can see what they've written and choose to comment or not and they can, in turn, respond to you. As our technology grows our abiliy to interact on a one on one basis decreases. I am not saying that it is a bad thing, I am on it just as much as the next person, but I think that after a while it gets easier to "communicate" on line as opposed to in person or on the phone.
I guess I got a bad taste in my mouth when I had a roommate who would spend hours on end on the internet. She formed friendships with strangers and lived her life through websites and chat rooms. She gradually stopped doing things with other friends and lived to be on line. I know that this is an extreme case, but it was enough to keep me from even coming close to doing the same thing.

I must admit that the Internet is really entertaining and I do see the value in it. As they say...all things in moderation.

3 comments:

Jeanna said...

I can completely see your point. I worry that one day my children will not know how to interact with other people due to sites like facebook and because of the miracle of text messaging.

My cousin is a YW pres and she says the girls all bring their cell phones and text one another. How stupid is that? I think I would ban all cell phones at YW!!

I don't have that many sites I go to either, which is probably for the best. My worst addiction is to watching TV shows online because we don't have TV service at home. I need to break the habit!!

mooney said...

Didn't they talk about that at the last general conference? I remember feeling really guilty about texting during church because of one of the talks. Oops.

hyker said...

I heart facebook and the cold heartless technology it reflects.