I’m not surprised Mark Zuckerberg became a philanthropist, he probably realised the monster he’d created with Facebook and felt the need to make amends in some way.
The main issue for me is, that on the whole, the people on my friends list are about as far from the traditional definition as it’s possible to get. At best, they’re people I happened to have been forced to spend time with at school because of a legal obligation to stay until the age of 16. Only then could I voluntarily leave them behind, whilst doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk, waving as I went!
Over the ensuing years I’ve done my absolute best to avoid school reunions; those horrific meetings where a false veneer of success is as essential as the age-defying make-up you’ve slapped on. At this point I think it’s only right to mention I went to an all-girls secondary school – the only place in the world that contains more bitches than a dogs’ home!
So, I’d been on Facebook a while and added my one and only proper friend onto my list along with my family and I was more than happy to stay with that. Then, this summer I was inundated with friend requests – being relatively new to the whole Facebook thing I was wholly unaware of the impact ticking the accept friend icon would have. The result – a list as long as your arm of those I’d hardly spoken to at school and would have been more than happy never to have heard from again being privy to my not-so-interesting-life and me having to endure their saccharine meme’s and cryptic posts such as ‘I’m human, not a bloody toy!’
This social media malarkey has opened a brand new can of worms which brings me onto Facebook/face-to-face etiquette. What is the correct way of dealing with Facebook friends in a face-to-face setting?
A couple of days ago I was walking into town and my eye caught a vaguely familiar face walking in the opposite direction, just as she was about to pass me I was thrown into a modern-day conundrum – do I say hello, stop to talk? What shall I do, what shall I do? I was thrown into a social panic. I hadn’t spoken to this woman in over 30 years, she’s all but a stranger to me aside from the fact that I am fully abreast of the minutiae of her life since it appears in an unavoidable ticker on my news feed.
Well, not being ignorant I decided the only thing to do was to make eye contact and say a polite yet brief ‘hello’. But a strange thing happened, she caught my eye, then looked away and completely ignored me!! Unbelievable! I knew absolutely everything that was currently going on in her life and could quote it back to her if push came to shove and she’d bloody dissed me. I was absolutely dumbfounded! What is the world coming to when you have an intimate remote insight into one another’s lives and yet actual face-to-face contact is something to be avoided at all costs – it just baffles me.
Needless to say, upon my return home I logged onto my account and deleted all the so-called ‘friends’ and unfollowed a whole lot more. I’m now back to my one proper friend and family. Now, I happily ignore everyone which is just the way I wanted it in the first place!
I would love to know if this has happened to you and how you’ve dealt with it, please drop me a line. I look forward to hearing from you.