Ah... Facebook. A love-hate relationship for many. I felt we needed a few days to talk about Facebook and I thought there wasn’t a better topic to start our site back up on. So... before I begin with my introduction to this week’s Topic... I need to say...
That’s mainly for me... but also filters out to you guys who have us on Reader and have decided to stick around. Me loves YOU! :)
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Okay... Topic. Now, we’ve never really had a TOPIC for a week, but I thought it was fitting. We had many people interested in writing their take down about Facebook and relationships and how they are effected... so I decided to throw them all together in one week. So... this may blow up in my face and every post may seem repetitive... or this might actually have a fun twist with all the different perspectives on it! Now, not every post will be on Facebook because the contributors have the agency to change their minds on what they want to write about.
But either way... let’s go ready for some interesting takes and opinions this week... let’s get back into the swing of things around here!
So let’s just jump in... Feet first.
I’m first. Your. Welcome. :)
My BIL’s favorite saying since Facebook came about, “Facebook is of the devil”. At first, I admittedly scoffed when he said that, chalking it up to him not understanding Facebook... or the technology world in general. But now? Now I believe he may have some kind of freaky intuition.
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You see. The last two friends who have gotten divorced that I know of... BOTH because of Facebook infidelity. I’m not even fibbing. That doesn’t count the ones before that. But the last two which have been in the last two months... Facebook has been a contributor. People spending hours and hours on Facebook with games and updates statuses... neglecting family and responsibilities, an Internet addiction of another kind.
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Now... to oppose that. I have also found out about people connecting with family that they haven’t seen or known in years. Happy happy reunions. Single friends meeting old friends and connecting and starting fantastic relationships. Also Facebook has brought about some great things, such as, helping spread the word about different causes or helping one promote and help their business succeed. Things that are REALLY good. In fact, because of Facebook I found out about friends from High School who have this incredible story about their children who have this really rare genetic disease and someone put together this benefit concert to help raise money for them. Something I wouldn’t necessarily have known about had I not been “invited” to the event via Facebook. My family that lives out East... I’d never know what they were doing if it weren’t for Facebook.
So. Love and Hate.
The one thing I wanted you guys to maybe think about to start things off... does Facebook--or social media like it... prove that love maybe doesn’t die for people? A lot of what is happening is people are re-connecting with old friends and loves on Facebook. From that reconnection old feelings arise and then one things leads to another... so to speak.
So can one really just forget about somebody and love dies??? Or does it just simmer...ready to resurface at anytime if triggered by memory, voice, or... Facebook reconnection? I know those relationships where strong feelings were present, the easiest way for me to “get over” those people were to separate myself from them, and then life moved on. If I were to reconnect with them on Facebook, which I haven’t, would I just be opening a can of trouble emotionally for me? I actually think... yes. I don’t think feelings for someone really die--I think they just get pushed down or back. But that is just my opinion...
I just wonder what you guys think. Are you black and white on this topic... you either Love or Hate it... or are you more gray?
Let’s Discuss... oh! and BTW... it's good to be back :)