What would your life be like without facebook? I recently tried not going on face book for a month, and I wound up in the hospital… Really, I nearly died. You can read more about it on http://diabetesbites.com. I didn’t mention that I had stopped using face book, but I did. And then After I went into the hospital I had to succumb to posting again on face book to make sure people knew I was alright. And then after that I continued to go onto face book.
So, what can we take away from that story? That stopping using face book can be hazardous to your health, that’s what I got out of it.
Honestly though the content that is on face book is really just a string of annoying and semi-cute meems. Nothing is really said that is really totally life changing (except posts that I get from my wife!) or earth shattering.
I thought about what I used to do on the Internet prior to face book, I would go on lots of Internet based BBS, or Bulletin Board Systems… in face pre-Internet I used to operate a pretty popular BBS on my computer in my bedroom. It had two phone lines that people could dial in on, and I had over 1000 users, which at the time was pretty good for a local San Diego based BBS. I also used to go to the news sites, such as CNN and MSNBC. But now articles are posted up on face book and we get some of our news, however iffy, from face book.
I would get all of my social interaction from email and IMing… Now all that is available on face book, and more and more people are getting on and using the facebook platform for messaging, chatting, and sharing your most interesting (well, at least you think so) pictures and adventures.
I recently have been trimming up my face book account, I’ve been getting tired of seeing loads of pictures of dogs that need to be adopted, or they will be put down today!!!! (and every day it seems). I’ve got 4 animals that were rescues… and I have no room for any more. Nor do I know anyone who has a need or a place for a rescue pet. So I hid from my news feed those people who are literally barraging me with “Save this pet, and if you can’t forward it to someone else”. What an important thing, but I feel like I’m being dragged into participating in spam.
I think that life would be a lot less drama filled, and we would be much better off spending more time away from our computers and spend more time with our fellow humans. I’m thinking of switching off facebook again, but am I ready to head to the hospital again? That is the big question.