• irenetai206 posted an update 8 years, 9 months ago

    The Social Network

    Remember Xanga, Myspace, and Friendster? No? think harder… it happened before FB. When FB was first introduced, I couldn’t sign up. Because it required registrants to register with an email that ends in “.edu” I thought that was wack and blogged about it on Xanga. A couple of years later, FB changed their policy, users can sign up with any email. And suddenly, everyone and their mother is on FB (even my own…).

    I have close to 500 friends on FB, some I knew, most of them added me cause we met once at a social event, some I added for the same reason, some people added me cause I’m a friend of a friend, one person added me cause we have the same bday. Sadly, I can only count up to 15 people whom I know on a personal level. There are times where I would think twice before posting a pic, location, update a status, or comment on someone’s timeline just because I don’t know if any of it can be used against me in the future. Someone asked me one time, “oh, how was that hot air balloon ride?” and this is someone that isn’t even on my FB, obviously I freak out and deleted a big chunk of people who I friend-ed. I definitely feel that it is socially unacceptable for me not to have a FB acct, hence why I have a FB acct. However, I do not get consumed in it.

    It is alarming to me that we now live in a society when phone conversations are a rarity, and having dinner involves texting, sexting, Whatapp-ing, instagraming, FBing, and etc. But at the same time there are a great deal of things which is a direct result of FB, good things, I was able to reconnect with my kinder garden friend who is in Asia. There are no longer any boundaries it seems like. No matter where you are, as long as you are connected to the internet (FB) you are connected to the world, to your world, to the realm and the alter ego you created.