This is a garbled and haphazard attempt at collecting my thoughts enough to write a somewhat cohesive post about something that has just plain been bothering me lately.
I like Facebook. I like the convenience and the way it makes networking a breeze.
And then I hate Facebook. Lately, I've been really hating Facebook, to the point that I feel like I really must have some sort of heart issue that needs some addressing, ha. But in all seriousness, the social network that in one theory promotes connectivity, is also simultaneously divisive.
Case in point. I open my News Feed. Firstly, some articles that someone remote that I know has "liked" or whatever (titles exaggerated by yours truly):
Twelve Reasons Working Moms Hate Stay-At-Home Moms
Proof That Gun Owners Must Have Flunked Third Grade
Ten Reasons Stay-At-Home Moms Will Someday Rule The World
Obamanomics and the Fall of Society
When in the World Did The Huffington Post Become Our Idea of an Objective Soundboard?
Oh, wait, I think I made that last title up completely. Yes, yes I did.
Then there are pictures that remote people I am "friends" with have "liked":
"Like" if you love God.
If you do not "like" this picture, you do not love God.
Worse, you do not love God or puppies.
If you do not "like" this, you must want to kill puppies.
You are a puppy-hating puppy-killer.
I don't want to "like" a random Renaissance painting of God that some kid named "Teen Angst" posted to try and get a million "likes". I just won't do it. I WON'T! I WON'T DO IT.
Then the ads. Wal-Mart, Tide, random boutiques, blah-blah-blah. I don't care. Facebook is public, I get it. And now it's super-annoying.
So, beyond the articles, the lets-get-a-million-likes-for-puppies pictures, and the ads, then there's the statuses.
Suzy writes: "Today I washed my clothes. Yay!"
To which several people respond: "What detergent did you use? Because if you used THIS kind of detergent, you are killing baby seals. Oh, but if you used homemade detergent, then that stuff is lame and doesn't work anyway...
[Insert someEcard with a picture of someone making fun of people who make their own laundry detergent, because I'm like my kids are up and dressed and that's a miracle, or whatever, etc.]
... and you should really only wash your clothes once a week, Suzy, we're all about conserving water. And baby seals. Also, it's some kind of cancer awareness month and I want you to know the color of my bra."
(I warned you this would be really haphazard.)
And I'm sitting here, checking my Facebook, really only interested in what people are doing. But poor Suzy can't even post about washing her clothes without getting flack. For reals?
So, I've kind of just stopped updating my FB. I've unfriended half of my "friends" (the ones I never interact with anyway .... the fact that we knew each other when we were twelve doesn't mean that I want your spouse, who I do not know, to have the potential to access my page and pictures of my kids, etc.). I'm on Instagram and will share those pictures on FB, because I have a lot of family out of town who are on FB but not Instagram, and they like to see pics of the kids. Works well.
Other than that, I'm kind of sick of it all.
Does this make me an old crow?
Have a lovely day.