Sunday, May 16, 2010

What is it with facebook that has so many of us so addicted

It is funny how popular facebook has become. I find myself " checking in" or updating my status. And why is it when I find myself deeply bothered by something I find myself updating my status to express my anger or disgust over the issue? The same question applies to when my children say or do something cute..I just have to post it. I mean do others truly care that the checkout clerk gave me the evil eye or that my children say or do something cute.
Remember the days when you wanted to get in touch with a friend you actually called them, and in more recent times emailed, or IM'd I find myself saything things like "facebook ya later, or facebook me and we'll set up a time to do lunch. What would your grandparents, or great grandparents in some cases say about facebook?
I sit and ponder the how language is affected by things like email, IM, fcebook, etc. Imagine you are from the early 1900's and you traveled in a time machine to present day. You would truly think everyone has really lost it. That leads me to think about the Back to the Future movies when by 2010 we would all be driving hover cars, and using hover boards. Who would have thought that instead we would all be sitting in our homes ( even on a nice day) with our butts glued to our chairs, staring deeply into a glowing rectangle communicating with our friends for hours on end?
Speaking of friends do any of us "actually" talk to all 400 people we have as our "facebook friends"? Why do we need to have so many FB friends? Is it all about competition? I think it could be that and also these darn FB games that require us to have X amount of friends playing in order to play the game.
There have been other social networking sites and some are at least as popular but FB has worked its way into my favorite soaps. The writers have cleverly added things to the script like , " I will have to update my FB status".
Bottom line is FB is popular, people either love it or love to hate it. Either way I know that every second there are too many people to count actually logging into there FB to fulfill their addiction of this so clverly designed social networking site called Facebook.


  1. I always find myself saying 'Facebook me and we'll make plans'. It seems to me that the actual 'talk' communication is getting more and more uncommon.

    You see people in a room together, texting each other!

    My concern is how will the next generation act socially if they only know non-face-to-face communications.

    For example. Will the president of the US give his address to the nation via email or through podcast?

    I guess in a few years we'll know the answers, but I'm really curious how it will affect society as a whole.

  2. Yes.............speaking of facebook games I thought farmville and farmtown were just weird but here I am 4 farms in farmville and 5 in farmtown and addicted for sure . and you know this because i look at a tree or flower or in this case a fence and want to click my mouse to move it now that is weird isnt it?

  3. Melissa did a super job here Andie, Love the color choice too

  4. I cannot for the life of me undersatnd this fascination with FB, Itried it as a method of spreading word about my blogs. Two months later I closed the account. Nothing but farmville requests, how boring. There is also the privacy issue with FB selling personal details to corporations, think about that next time you get spam mail.