I carry a Facebook, because it is a tool for higher learning. There is a lot to learn through instant communication. We can solve problems a lot faster and gain perspective of public opinion. Now politicians can see in real time what the world populous needs and wants. If it was not for the gratification of learning my account would be deleted for the second time.
Over the past couple of years a tool that used to bring me a lot of joy and information has now became something I dread. I never know what kind of Meme or what personal information is going to come across the news feed. Yes it sucks you are about to have surgery but I would have rather talked to you in person about that surgery then read about it in a status. We all have moments that we like to share with others such as weddings and new babies. People live far away from each other and it is a very quick way to get one message out to a lot of people.
It is getting difficult for quiet moments to happen between events. Reflection and private time is needed in individual families and Facebook takes away from that. Suddenly an event that should be shared for a bit of time privately becomes the next public sensation. As soon as that status is put up feedback is going to happen. What happens when you find out that not everyone is as thrilled as you are? The drama unfolds. I have seen arguments occur between spouses through statuses! Suddenly the in-laws and friends jump in from both sides to defend each person. Divorce rates are increasing and I wonder if a divorce would have even occurred if the couple had worked it out privately.
Children are being posted up online at very young ages. Mom goes in to the hospital to deliver and suddenly everything that God gifted the newborn is up for comments! Your family and friends do not have to wait a week for an official updated professional looking family photograph. I loved Christmas time because cards contained photographs of the children growing. Now one just has to log in. You can see photographs every morning of a toddlers life. Right down to YouTube tantrums. The baby cannot type and give permission. One day that baby will be 16 years old putting in college applications. With facial recognition the college will be able to see the tantrum as well. Will that moment in time be adorable when your child runs up to you crying and screaming because they felt like they did not have a say? Is it okay to post photographs of babies because they cannot give consent?
Time will certainly tell. We will know within a decade how badly we have hurt others or helped our personal lives through “The Art of Convenience”.
How do you feel about social media? Have we gone too far? or Is it just one of those things that will become as normal as getting food from the grocery store instead of growing it yourself?