I love social media. I hate social media. I have a love/hate relationship with social media, specifically Facebook. I have a Twitter account, but I rarely, only once a month or so, log onto it and then I log straight back off, as it is too … busy. I have a Linked-In account that I have probably accessed once in the past year. Mostly, I check into Facebook multiple times per day. I love Facebook. I hate Facebook.
Specifically, I love that I can stay in touch with friends and family from Florida to California to New York instantly and at the touch of a key. I love that I can “chat” with a few close friends at will, day or night. Everything else about Facebook falls into the “hate” category. Many of those things I simply ignore, scroll past, and they do not give me cause for grief. There are, however, a few things that set my teeth on edge, drive me nuts, and make me seriously consider canceling my Facebook account.
The first is people who say things like “Prayers needed, I am devastated”. Okay, must be a crisis, probably somebody in the family has been diagnosed with Ebola … or worse, a death. So, one responds with “What’s wrong?”. And the answer is … “I really can’t talk about it … it’s personal.” If it’s personal, then keep it personal and don’t post it for all the world to see! Personal means “of or concerning one’s private life, relationships, and emotions rather than matters connected with one’s public or professional career.” Personal is the opposite of public! If it is personal and you cannot talk about it, then why in the Sam Heck are you posting it for all the world to see??? Drives me batty … grumble, grumble, grumble …
On a related note, the whole “praying” thing. In response to the above person’s post, you will see 5,000 comments that say “praying”. LIAR! No you aren’t … you are trying to figure out what is going on, and by the time you say your nightly prayers, you will have forgotten all about Janie’s “personal” problem and you will not remember to pray for her. And anyway, what would you say? “God, whatever is up with Janie, make it better … unless she is having an affair with my husband, in which case … “
Then there is the post that says something along the lines of:
“From Monday, 27th June, 2016, 1528 IST, I don’t give Facebook permission to use my pictures, my information or my publications, both of the past and the future, mine or those where I show up. By this statement, I give my notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, give, sell my information, photos or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-1 1 308-103 and the Rome statute).
Note: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you have given the tacit agreement allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the updates of the state of the profile. Do not share. You have to copy.”
Get a life, Peeps! There is no “privacy”, despite what you may have been led to believe, on the internet! If you don’t want God, Uncle Sam, and grandma to see it, then don’t post it. If you post it, it becomes public, you no longer “own” it … live with it! If you put your phone number on Facebook, then: a) you are not too bright, and b) you are almost guaranteed to see an increase in junk calls, telemarketing calls, political polls, etc. The only thing you accomplish by posting the above message is to make yourself look silly and waste a few minutes of your time.
Last, but not least, are the posts that bemoan the death of … Jackie Chan and Betty White are two of the most popular, though recently Will Smith’s son, whatever his name is, seems to have joined the ranks. They are not dead. Please do yourself … and the rest of us … a favour and check it out before you share some mindless meme claiming they died either in a horrific, fiery motorcycle crash, or by their own hand. If in doubt, use Google, type in the “victim’s” name, and see if the death is the topic on any legitimate news sources. If the only articles you find are faux news or Snopes, it’s a pretty safe bet it’s not true. Simple, yes? Takes about 10 seconds! If you don’t check it out, you post about it anyway, and I waste my valuable time to check it out, you better believe I will leave you a snarky comment and a link to Snopes! If it ain’t true, if you can’t prove it is true, then for Pete’s sake, don’t put it on Facebook! The funniest response to one of these posts came the other day, when I politely (more of less) debunked, once again, rumours of the death of Will Smith’s kid. The person who had posted it had commented “how very sad” she was over the news of his death. After my reality check, she said “Well damn!” How sad was she????
Okay, I’m done ranting now. I’m sure some of my Facebook friends will now let me know that my posting of my blog on Facebook is equally annoying. To which I will respond “Oh well … live with it. Read it. Don’t read it. No matter.” At least I don’t post personal crap and when I do post something as a fact, you can bet I have made sure that it is a fact. Carry on ….