I have a love/hate relationship with you. Sometimes I love you…For instance, when I find out news that a friend is engaged, preggers, or buying a new house/apartment…when I see pictures of my nieces and nephews…when I find out breaking national news (e.g. Amy Winehouse’s death, we killed Osama Bin Laden, etc.) without having to sit in front of the television/computer watching the news 24/7.
Sometimes I hate you…For instance, political rants, uncomfortable self portraits in bikini’s or underwear (if it’s a guy) taken by a cellphone in their reflection in the mirror (Umm…can we say AWKWARD?? P.S. Please stop this, it’s troublesome for everyone), TMI posts (come on people, we have parents and children on fb now!), grammatical errors galore, public break-ups (although that might just fall under the TMI category…), and last but not least, voyeurism.
What is voyeurism on Facebook?
Voyeurism is also known as stalking on Facebook. It is the act of seeking out information about a person that you otherwise wouldn’t know. Stalking doesn’t count if you haven’t talked to a friend in a few weeks/month/year, and you go to their profile to check their pictures out, and to see what is going on in their life lately, and then you post a comment to their wall saying “I miss you,” or something to that effect. Stalking/voyeurism in the Facebook world, is when you are friends with someone (e.g. ex’s, strangers, people you knew in high school/ college that you haven’t spoken to in years, etc.) and you look at their profile obsessively to see what is transpiring in their life, but you never make a comment. Ever…You just, like, stalk their life, and either live vicariously through them, or use the information about their life to either make yourself feel better about your own life, or maybe looking at it makes you feel bad about yourself. Either way it’s…
Personally, I don’t think Facebook is really all that healthy either. I think that there are some people in your life that you are meant to forget, and just move on from. I know, I know what you’re thinking…If you don’t want someone to know something about your life, don’t accept the friend request. Well, I 100% agree with that, but I do believe if someone wants to stalk you, they’re going to find a way to stalk you, even if you aren’t friends on Facebook…Sure you can put everything about yourself on all the privacy settings that exist, but people find ways around it.
Anyway, I am off on a tangent about stalking/voyeurism and that is not really what this post is about.
This post is about how annoying Facebook can be, and how I hate it most of the time, but I just can’t bring myself to hit that ‘delete my account’ button. I ask myself why all the time, and I don’t have an answer. It really doesn’t bring me all that much joy anymore (except when I see all the cute pics of my nieces and nephews), it just kind of makes me uncomfortable. About five years ago, I remember thinking, I wonder how old people will be when they start deleting their Facebook accounts. I guess I assumed once people got their real jobs, and started to have families, Facebook would just become something of the past. However, now everyone’s parents are on Facebook, middle school age kids are on Facebook, basically people of all ages are on Facebook! I really don’t see it going away anytime soon.
And I really don’t know yet how I feel about that…