Friday, June 10, 2011

I Want to be Your Real-Life Friend

facebook, I never thought quitting you would be such a big deal. 

I am glad to be done with the annoyances, mind-numbing activity of checking status updates and hurtfulness of people un-friending each other.  What I didn't realize - and how could I? - was how far off the grid everyone assumes I want to be.  It's as though quitting facebook was my way of saying I want nothing to do with your life.

And that?  Not true. 

Just because I don't want to deal with facebook doesn't mean I don't want to know - or should have the privilege of knowing - when things happen.  Pregnancies, engagements, ridiculous things our kids do, graduations, fabulous trips to far off places ... I want to know about this as much as any of your 247 friends.

So the next time you're talking to me and I don't know about the latest thing - just take a few seconds to fill me in instead of laughing at me and telling me I should "just join facebook to find out."  That's what FRIENDS do.

5 comments:

laurahlj said...

Well said Anna!

Anna said...

Laura ... Stupid Google won't let me comment on your blog! I think they're in cahoots with facebook.

Jen Craun said...

I'm with you.

laurahlj said...

Anna - Technology sucks - a lot of the time at least:) Once again, congratulations on taking facebook out of your life. I haven't yet been so strong.

Stephanne said...

I wholeheartedly agree (though I have not yet built up the guts to cut my own FB ties.)

I fear for what platforms like Facebook will do to the simple concept of communication. When you already know everything that's going on in someone's life because of FB, there's no motivation to "really" keep in touch or even--gasp--engage in real conversation!