One of the attractions of Facebook is that you can find out so much about someone before you even date them….
Of course, such tactics may shock traditionalists, but in 21st-Century Britain the forging of personal relationships – be they romantic or just as friends – now has far less to do with locking eyes across a smoked-filled room than logging on to a PC.
Users spend an average of 5.3 hours each month on the sites and return to them an average 23 times.
Of course, those are just averages and the truth of the matter is that a whole generation of Facebook addicts is gradually emerging.
For the uninitiated, the site works like this – users create an online profile including information about their marital status, education and work history, as well as photos.
They then build up a network of friends by searching lists of online members and making contact with people they know.
One’s success on these sites is generally measured by the number of “friends” you accrue.
But in reality these push-button friendships are largely valueless and serve simply to paper over the intrinsic loneliness of people fast retreating from their communities to the safety of a computer screen.
“These are not real social networks”……….
“They mimic the playground insecurities of primary school kids, piling up best friends to find their social niche.
But the problem is that communication through keyboard alone is limiting: humans rely on facial expression, tone and touch to convey deeper emotions.
As a result, these online friendships rarely progress beyond the banal.
Hmmmmmm. How do you feel bout the idea of a thriving social life on your..um… computer?
Me? I love to “chat”, am addicted to wordplay and luv animations. Can ya tell?..heh
But clearly, It’s not enough that bluetooths are now a fashion accessory, and no one leaves home without their iPod, laptop, or that electronic leash, the trusted cellphone………
You can now flirt with a crush, send a message, write on their “wall” or “poke” them without ever uttering a word.
Can ya come face to face with yer Facebook addiction?
Information is just a click away. But…….. Does it replace old fashioned talking?
From instant-messaging to web sites where you can interact and “talk” to your friends and people from all over the world.
Places where you can post photos of yourself (for only friends to see) or post messages to other “users.” How bout an entire “online community”?
People can look you up, get to see your profile.You can include a photo; create an entire album of photos that “friends” can gaze at.
Your likes and dislikes, whether your’e single or taken. You can even share your political views ha.
You can join groups of users who share the same interests that you do
And you may even choose whether or not to accept other users as “friends.” After all, admit it or not, it’s all about the amount of “friends” you accrue.
Heck, you can even find out what ever happened to your old classmates from high school. If you want to, that is. Heh.
Then again……….There’s this growing trend of employers using sites just like Facebook while doing background checks on future employees. Perhaps it’s not the best idea to let a potential employer know that you are a member of the “Who can drink the most tequilas in under 3 minutes Club” eh?
Don’t rule out the potential stalkers, or perverts either.
Would you risk giving anyone an open invitation into your life?
Photos can be printed out and saved, and they oftentimes are……… for years even.
Once upon a time, feelings and private thoughts would be written in a diary, hidden in your bottom dresser drawer or better yet, under your mattress.
Most of us have experienced the ole “troll”, hiding behind his computer screen, using words and images that would be considered inappropriate, to say the least, for polite conversation, much less for publication on a world wide network. But, oh, the taste of anonymity.
Post something online, and hey, it’s now fair game for the world.
And the world is a considerably large place aint it.
What say y’all sweet friends..are you a member of the on line, ultra-cool, super-swanky chat club of the world?
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