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Facebook & Twitter: Compulsive Sharing, Non-Discretionary Status Updates, And Moronic Tweets

Facebook & Twitter: Compulsive Sharing, Non-Discretionary Status Updates, And Moronic Tweets

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Really facebook user?! Really?

Remember back in the day, before Facebook and Twitter? You know, five years ago? Yes I know Facebook was created in 2004, I’m talking about it’s popular use so please don’t email me! Anyway, remember when sharing the mundane details of life was left to the narcissistic school-girl or the uncle who can’t self edit between interesting and what makes you want to blow your brain out? Yeah, it was a simpler time with lemonade on the porch, cool summer breezes, blue skies, and old fashion hospitality …

Ok, so maybe I’m romanticizing it a bit; but my point is that when we were kids we didn’t think about sharing every insignificant, mind numbing thought that fired through our neurons. If you were with a group of people and you randomly blurted out something about your dog, child, head hurting, or plans for tomorrow, people would look at you like, “What the hell are you talking about?” And that’s the problem with all this social networking – when you type your status or tweet on a computer you can’t see the expression on everyone else’s face to let you know it is inappropriate, stupid, or just uninteresting.

It’s amazing how many blogs have lists of “Dos and Don’ts” for facebook and twitter. In the old days these were found in etiquette books, or maybe your elementary school would spend a few classes on it. Now everyone is left to herself to figure out social protocols, and they may never be learned since we typically ignore users or “unfollow” them. I can’t imagine what the result of an entire generation growing up with this being “normal” will be, but God help us.

BTW, for the quote above I simply opened up facebook and copied the very first status update that showed up.


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