Saturday, December 18, 2010

If Not for Facebook...

A few years back, I was resistant to opening a Facebook account but Marjie didn't let up and eventually, I opened one up.  Back then, I saw no need.  Today, I would feel a distinct void if it wasn't there.  I know...I tried it one day and closed the account...for about 9.725 hours.  Thankfully, Facebook is set up to start you right back up where you left off...how nice of them.

So if you're not on Facebook, you may not understand this.  Let me help.  If not for Facebook, I would not know: how far my friends ran, how good/bad/excellent/great/ugly their run was, where they ran, how hard it was, how easy it was, if it was sunny, cloudy, raining, snowing, windy, cold, hot, or humid, or when someone is having a bad day, good day, great day, wonderful day, long day, when a friend has lunch, where they had it, what they had, if it was good, bad, great, cold, hot, high calorie, low calorie, and perhaps a picture of it, when someone gets up, can't sleep, is going to bed, takes a nap, gets up from a nap, or can't stay awake, or when a friend passes an exam, is studying for an exam, fails an exam, an exam is 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 hours, days, or months away, and what it means to pass that exam, when someone gets a pet, what it is named, a picture of it, a pet passes away, it is hit and killed, is put to sleep (I had to do this and shared it on Facebook a few years back), someone runs their first marathon, 25th, 50th, or 100th marathon, first 5k, first 100-miler, first 50-miler or anyone in between, and 200 pictures to go with each event, or when a friend checks in at Starbucks, any retail store, at work, at home, at a hotel, at a vacation spot, at the movies, or for some reason...their bathroom, or when a friend is cooking dinner, the recipe for that dinner, a picture of that dinner, and how the dinner tasted, or when a friend gets promoted, gets fired, calls off of work because they're sick, is looking for work, having a good day at work, having a horrible day work, or when a friend enters a relationship, gets divorced, gets married, or breaks up, or...on a daily basis, who is having a birthday and we and my friends' 500 other friends wish them a happy birthday on their 'wall' which some people (like myself) thank each and every person for their birthday wish, and then we have all of the people, places, and things we have subscribed to...restaurants, businesses, favorite products, political likings, politicians, military favorites, sporting groups/clubs we are members of, or races or events we are going to be attending, but then we have all those events...RSVP is a must, of course...are you a yes, no, or a maybe or should you just remove yourself from the event but will the host be offended if you do that, and then decisions loom about whether or not to comment on any of the aforementioned items, "like" them or "like" and of the afore-aforementioned comments on the aforementioned items above.  Pictures, oh my...pictures.  I have hundreds and hundred and hundreds on there...and so does everyone else...comment, tag people, share the picture, share the album, make a picture your profile picture...oh, the decisions.

If not for Facebook...how would I know all this?  How could I live?  That, my friends, is why Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is one of the richest people in the world and Time Magazine's Person of the Year.  Thanks, Mark...thanks a lot.  :-)
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2 comments:

Carmen said...

Yeah, if not for that Facebook check in....

Kidding! Great post!

Nick B said...

Thanks, Carmen. It is a perfect example of how Facebook has completely infiltrated our lives. But, it's not all bad, eh?! Glad I didn't "chicken out" and not show up!