Blame It On Facebook

facebook-like-76535_640Social media has a bad reputation.  In fact, if the rumors and accusations are to be believed, its pervasive online presence is responsible for all manner of societal ills.

It’s implicated in the increase of extra-marital affairs and the demise of relationships.  It’s the reason no one can be bothered to speak politely anymore.  Our youth no longer know how to spell, punctuate, or write in complete sentences – and it’s all because of Twitter, and its damnable 140 character limit.

Look, I don’t have any statistics to back my thoughts up (no shame in that — 97% of people don’t), but I find it hard to believe everything wrong with the world today can be traced back to your niece’s latest status update about her totally boring day at school, or that chart making the rounds on Facebook designed to help you determine your Irish Leprechaun name.  (Mine is Clover LuckyCharm – what’s yours?)leprechaun name

In my estimation (and this is just me spouting off here, which is something I usually do on Facebook, but I figured – what the heck!—why not here as well?), the problems with social media aren’t caused by technology itself, but with the people using it.

Yes, the problem is us.

Affairs existed long before the internet.  Rude people have always stated their thoughts without concern for the feelings of others.  And, as a former elementary educator from the pre-Twitter era, let me assure you – our youth have never been able to spell, punctuate, or write in complete sentences.  That’s why we send them to school for thirteen years.

Social media is what we make it to be.  We can use it to create isolation from real life relationships, or it can facilitate connection between far off friends and family.   We can flood our pages with Instagram pictures of the lunch we just ate, or we can post beautiful photos of breathtaking scenery.  A few key strokes can launch words onto the internet that uplift and encourage, or they can broadcast thoughts that will create enmity and needless drama.

It’s up to us, to you and to me, to decide how we want to use it.  Or not use it.  After all, no one is forcing us to log online every day.

But remember, you’ll never learn your secret pirate name if you don’t.

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7 thoughts on “Blame It On Facebook

    1. Great! There’s nothing worse than feeling like I’m the only one who gets my jokes — yet I keep cracking them anyway. But I can always count on you to read and comment — thanks!

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  1. Hear hear! I don’t like when we blame *insert film/book/internet* for human’s bad behaviour. Facebook isn’t the problem, it’s how we use it. I live in a different country from my family, and my friends are scattered over the globe. Between time differences and logistical problems, I find it the best way to keep in touch with everyone.

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    1. I use it the same way. The USA is a big country, and my loved ones are scattered across the time zones. Facebook has also helped to put me back in touch with relatives that I haven’t seen in years (decades in some instances!). It helps me keep in contact with dozens of people. (Facebook isn’t paying me to speak on their behalf – 🙂 I just enjoy using it!)

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  2. I loved this! And agree – social media is like anything or anywhere else – it’s what you do there (or with it) – rather than its actual existence that makes the difference.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post — and thank you for taking a moment to leave a comment. I’m sorry it took me so long to reply — I must have been busy playing Words with Friends and updating my Facebook status….Ha! I wish that was the case — I was actually busy forcing myself to exercise for the day! 🙂

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