Or does it?
Or should I describe it as spying with a high-powered, rose-colored lens, for it’s like reality TV—except exactly the opposite. Reality TV draws us in by showing us the worst, while on Facebook we are privy to only the best of our friend’s lives. It’s like receiving the proverbial Christmas letter, only every single day! Don’t agree with me, check this out: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7309521nWow, look what they’re doing!
- Oh, looks like they’re on vacation again.
- Isn’t that cute, they got a new dog!
The generation that grew up on Facebook and MySpace may have a little different take on this. Maybe I’m wrong, but while baby boomers would never think of publicizing a fight with their spouse on Facebook, today’s tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings tweet or update their Facebook status five minutes after they’ve slammed the door. My daughter knew about my son’s breakup before I did. How? She read about it on Facebook. When I called my son, he told me he didn’t want to talk about it.
And yet he did want to announce it on Facebook?
When my daughter broke up with her boyfriend she called me right away. She sounded so distraught I couldn’t believe it when my son texted me the next day and asked how she was doing? So even though she was distraught, she found time to announce the breakup on Facebook.
I hid in my room for a week after I broke up with my first boyfriend. I didn’t want anyone to know.
So now you know the real reason I joined Facebook, to keep up with my kid’s lives. My husband is on Facebook too. I keep checking to see if he’s still in a relationship. Oh, and my friends all have perfect lives. Does this depress me? Well, at least I can blog about it.
How has social networking changed your life? Tell me your tales.