I hate what you’ve done to us. You want us to believe that we’re closer than we’ve ever been, more engaged than we thought our busy schedules could allow it, and that our freedom has reached yet another level.
Am afraid it’s all the contrary, you see.
Facebook, you’ve confined me to my desktop screen, mobiles devices and other sources of insanities, to catch up on the latest feeds of updates covering a virtual wall – if only for 1 minute or so, cause 97 of my other closest friends are about to say something — where was I?
Oh yes, the wall.
But do you hear yourself talk, Facebook? Since when do you put a wall between friends?
And is it how you tell friends how much you care, with as many clicks as you can between a load of laundry and a run to the grocery store, Like this, Like that.
Things have changed, I now find that mere acquaintances (remote coworkers, even!) want to be my friends (how awkward, now, come on!); I don’t want to hurt their feelings nor do I want to share my first baby’s pictures with them. I thought that’s what I was supposed to do all along, create my own community, exchange with my close ones, keep in touch. Not let everybody in on my close circle because they “found” me.
More than awkward, is darn right outrageous. You, Facebook, have the audacity to suggest new friends to me? What’s wrong with my current friends? Why are you making me run in a popularity contest?
You know what else?
I can’t do it because I’m not funny enough; the conversation I’m seeking is just not there (hence my blog, ehehe); how lonely do you think that makes me feel, Facebook?
Look, I’m sorry but it’s not going to work between us. Considering our current status, it’s obvious we can’t just be friends.
I took down my picture several weeks ago, to show that I’m subtracting myself from that non-sense. Not from my true friends. But of course, they will recognize themselves when I say I’ve decided my time is better invested with them. When I can see them, talk to them, sometimes touch them. Having my family across the ocean is not always easy, but we manage just fine with the phone, and the occasional video chat.
Most times, pen on paper can achieve true miracles, you should try it!
At the end of the day, I know you don’t need to know what I do, where I go and who with — Facebook, I just hope you’ll never use what you already know against me. Hopefully you’ll find there are many other fish in the sea…
So this is it.
I hope some day you’ll understand.