Thursday, November 5, 2015

One in Seven People Log Onto Facebook Daily

Are You One in Seven?

According to various new sources, including the mouth of the beast itself, one in seven people in the world logs onto Facebook daily.  That’s right, the entire world is becoming obsessed with Facebook and many can not go a day without logging in and checking their news feed.  Of course, this is a good thing from a financial standpoint for Facebook.  For humanity, not so much.

“A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” wrote Zuckerberg.
More connected? To what? Your screens? Facebook is not real human connection. Talking to yourself and pretending that other people are actually listening is not connecting with others. Bragging about your life or talking at over 100 people at once is not connecting. It does not bring you closer to people. In fact, it does the opposite. You find that you are starting at a phone while ignoring the people who are right there around you.

Do you log in daily?

Can you go a day without Facebook, or is logging in as common to you as sleeping, eating, brushing your teeth, or going to the restroom?  Do you feel compelled to open Facebook in your browser window and see what you are missing out on?  Are you really missing out?  Do you have better things to do?  Have you asked your children what they are learning in school, or is watching the life 
of what is now a stranger more important to you?  Do you really need to see those vacation pictures of the sibling that makes twice the amount of money as you do?  Will that make you feel happy?  Will you feel like you accomplished something in your life if you check to see if you still have the best job amongst your high school chums?  Maybe you just realized that you forgot to post that picture of you plastered at SeƱor Frogs in Cozumel during your last birthday. 

When is the last time you logged in on Facebook?  What did you do while you were there?  Do you even remember?  Was it worth your time?  Would you have really missed out if you did not log in?  

I know that this often goes through one ear and out the other, but life is really better without Facebook and all that (a)social media.  Few people really care about all those pictures and nobody really cares about how you snuck into the neighbor’s barn while drunk.  Few are going to click on that political story that you felt the need to plaster on your wall.  Most people are too wrapped up in their own lives or want to be noticed themselves.  You are wasting your time with (a)social media.  The people who do care about your life are the ones you might as well just pick up the phone and call.  The people who do care are the ones that you should have a relationship that is a lot closer than Facebook. The rest of it is a dangerous game of emotional Russian roulette.  

1 comment:

  1. I have always marched to the beat of my own drum, I'm ecstatic that I'm not the 1 in 7 people on earth that logged into fb, at least not anymore. I deleted my profile more than three years ago. The only time I'm on there is if my elderly mother needs help.

    I once went more that a year without seeing one of my best friends because all I had to do was look at her profile, and like magic it's like I hung out with her; it was pathetic. She still has fb, but I don't. Now we actually speak to each other on the phone, text each other and see each other face to face.