Thursday, April 19, 2007

Face the Face

So I've done what all the cool and trendy kids are doing these days and signed up for Facebook. I resisted a good long time, but finally enough of my friends were sending me e-mails telling me I ought to join that I finally caved. Peer pressure at 37. Shocking. Ah well, at least it's better than the piece of shit that is myspace (and you will never convince me otherwise, Dana.)

So how is it? Ehhh, not bad, I guess. It's a relatively simple thing to set up and maintain. I've only been at it a few days, so I haven't had the "Oh my Christ" moment yet of someone I hadn't thought of in years pop up and say hi, but I'm sure that's coming. Some of my friends are becoming massively addicted and spending hours each day on Facebook, but I don't think that's happening to me.

Why? It's not that I hate the site or that I'm anti-social (well, OK, I'm a touch anti-social). It's simply that I do not have the time. Between work, spending time with Cathy (who will likely be joining up this weekend as she is somewhat intrigued) and Boo and all the other things I enjoy doing – reading, blogging, trying out the new Wii, going to the gym, enjoying the warm weather now that it's here – where am I going to find the time to do a lot of stuff with Facebook? There just aren't enough hours in the day.

Besides, I suspect a goodly number of them partake of Facebook while at work. Not an option for me. Let's just say my employer is progressive in terms of what sites it chooses to block. Myspace, Flickr and, of course, Facebook. So it's not an option for me to waste hours playing on the site at work, unlike what I suspect some of my friends are doing.

I also suspect Facebook might be one of those Internet fads with my friends. The fascination tends to last a few months and then fade. It happened with several of them and blogging. It may well happen with Facebook. Time will tell.

In the meantime, if you are on Facebook, and you know who I am, feel free to add me to your list of friends. What the hell…


Melissa said...

I hear you on the 'time' thing! I have exactly enough time in my day to 1) work 2) clean/ cook 3) lesson plan 4) be a loving mother 5) bond with my husband (usually!) 6) catch up on blogs. 7) Sleep 7 hours. Not necessarily in that order. And I find that the facebook is disturbing the balance! Something gets sacrificed and I don't like that.

Also, there are people out there who just don't like - and I lost contact with - and I'm HAPPY about that. I don't want them in my life again!! :)

I think I'm going to stop facebooking. Blogs are better!

Melissa said...

Another thing! I have so little time that I can rarely preview my comments to check for errors!

That last comment was riddled with ty[pos. Hope you get the gist. ;)

jennifer said...

I am trying desperately to resist for now. If I wanted to keep in touch with anyone from elementary school, high school and university, I have.

What am I going to do, go on Facebook, read a summary on people's lives for the last 10 years, look at their pictures and then what? Will I suddenly develop relationships with 200 more people? No. We'll catch ourselves up, say "hey, great to catch up" and that's it.

Maybe I don't understand completely what it is all about, but these Bebo, Myspace, and Facebook things are fooey to me. For now.

danadana said...

Oh man, even I drew the line at facebook. Dude, you may actually be a teenage girl!!

No, seriously, I just can't commit to yet another social networking thingie. Lately, I hardly even have time to pop on messenger - that's a huge change. This time last year, I was an addict, going from bad to worse. Now, I turn it on if I need to ask someone a drafting question. What has become of me?