Am I the only one who doesn’t want 5,000 “friends” on Facebook? Am I the only one with a cell phone that doesn’t have a camera? Am I the only one with no interest in texting?
The latest and greatest for a lot of other moms I know is being on Facebook, everyone declares to be addicted to it — but I have to admit, I don’t get it.
I finally decided to sign up with Facebook and Twitter about two weeks ago, since I understand that as a blogger you “have” to be on them. It is one way how people (and maybe clients) get in touch with you nowadays. So I signed up and put their links on my blog.
I input my address book and instantly had 30 potential Facebook friends. Since then e-mails have been pouring in about accepting me as a “friend.”
And I was getting e-mails about every little thing my friends were posting: “Natalie left a comment,” “Peter posted a picture,” “Peter commented on his picture,” and, oh, my favorite, “Karen is now in a relationship”!
Are you serious? It’s too time-consuming to field through all those e-mails! So I finally figured out that I could eliminate a lot of those notifications by selecting different e-mail options, which cut down on the clutter a lot.
I still wonder, what is the appeal of Facebook? Don’t we have enough to do as mothers?
My friends and fellow mothers all have my address, phone number, and e-mail address, but I rarely get together with them or get a call. Everyone is so busy with their lives, and I’m not saying it’s different for me.
What baffles me is that now everyone all of a sudden has hours to dedicate to reading and answering Facebook and Twitter e-mails? Why not pick up the phone or simply come over for coffee?!
People tell me that they love reconnecting with people from high school or college through Facebook. And you know what? Reconnecting with people I went to high school with would be the last thing I’d want.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t even remember the names and faces of people from high school or college. The people I do remember I am still in contact with and they are and will always be my friends.
It’s hard enough to remain in contact with them — I don’t need more friends. A new connection could only be superficial and sporadic, so what’s the point? (It’s a good thing I went to high school in Europe, no embarrassing pictures on my Facebook wall. We also didn’t socialize much in school and didn’t have a yearbook, so that makes it harder to remember people.)
Yes, I would love for that ex-boyfriend who dumped me so cruelly to see my smiling face and my beautiful little boy on Facebook. Hmm, maybe having a Facebook page isn’t all that bad…
So have fun on Facebook, but please don’t be mad if I am not congratulating you on your new relationship or that picture of your dog — I’m busy being a mom here (when I’m not blogging).
Update: All my articles now also get posted to my Facebook page, but I still don’t use it that much. Yet as a lot of you might know, I have become completely addicted to Twitter since I wrote this! :)