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Thursday, June 03, 2010


I had no idea GF wrote her last post, when I decided to pimp out facebook and praise its virtues.

I agree that it is all how you use and/or abuse it. In this case I used it to record my son opening a present from an out of state relative so that she could see it happening. This is, in my opinion, the BEST use of facebook. It helps you stay easily connected with folks that you rarely ever see. They can participate in the minutia of your life - the parts that are little but make you feel involved and the major events as well. Do these cyber interactions blot out some more traditional and arguably more thoughtful correspondence? (snail mail, phone calls, etc.) Yes, but the benefits outweigh the deficits.

For example.. I will get probably get about 4 actual birthday cards today, but I will also get about 10 times that in facebook birthday greetings. Plus, I am, by nature, far too bogged down in what I should ideally be doing anyway, so then I can tend to constantly live in a shroud of guilt about what I think I should do versus what I can realistically do. Facebook helps me at least extend a birthday greeting on that person's wall and then maybe send a late card, instead of nothing at all. Is that a "give them condoms because they are going to have sex" argument? Ha ha.
All that said.....this one's for you, Aunt Vicki!

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Anonymous girlfriday said...

Yeah, I think you're right that in the long run the benefits outweigh the deficits. I'm in touch with family that I see on an average of five times per year. I just connected with the three growing sons of two my dearest friends in Scotland. I'm entering into the joys and trifles of people I'd otherwise be out of touch with.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


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