I'm so sick of that sentence, you wouldn't believe.
So yeah, I'm one of those rare 21-35 year olds who isn't ever on Facebook. I have an account, but I don't use it. I put up one profile picture, and I've never posted anything, and I have no real intention to do so at any time in the near or distant future.
My friends are lovely people and at first they were fairly neutral about it. But now my friends are starting to get a little passive aggressive. I'm getting a lot of these rather unnecessary statements by friends and family who love to use the Facebook.
"We can't get in touch with you. Are you trying to be elusive?"
I'd say this one I hate the most. Elusive? Seriously? I have a phone number, 5 email accounts (I mean, don't you get email alerts from FB anyway if there is new content to look at?), 4 websites, a blog :), and a home address. I text, AIM, write letters, and I'm an active member of many sites and forums. I've spent years establishing myself in the online world but I guess none of that matters if I never post to my wall.
"We want to know how you are. You never contact us."
I get this from family a lot. I apparently never talk to them, therefore I'm trying to be a non joiner. Of course, I am the one to annually send out hand made Christmas cards with my email address and websites on each and every one, but how do I know if they ever even received them? I don't, because I rarely get acknowledgement on it. Last time I checked, phone lines went both ways.
"I didn't *blank* or *blank* about you."
Geeze, really? Again, I have friends I've known for years who have never looked through my online portfolio, yet I know what they do and how long they have done it.
I look at the whole thing differently. If I want to know you, I'll investigate it. Frankly, I think it's lazy, this one stop shopping communicative mentality a lot of these social network sites promote. And what's worse, it this is not new. Everyone had to be on AIM. Then there was Frienster, then MySpace, Gmail. The obsessive need for everyone to have a website. OH MY GAWD YOU NEED A WEBSITE! I remember the fad for Delicious Library and Skype. Twitter!! Then it was a user on this site or that.
My reasons for passing on the Facebook are the same for me skimming the majority of the ones I mentioned above. I just don't want to waste that much time. I do understand the potential that it serves for a number of things, and i get that it targets a large group of people fairly quickly and bluntly, but I'm simply numb to it all.
I don't want to learn another social media's language and etiquette. That's a big reason right there. I don't want to know what a wall means or a poke, or sending people virtual stupid gifts.
I don't want to know what people are thinking or saying at every moment of the day. I like silence and being alone with my thoughts. Just because you expose more stuff about yourself to strangers does not mean that you are more known.
I don't want to be unwillingly advertised to. That's why I got rid of my television. I one time spent ten minutes closing out those ads on the side bar, thinking I could get rid of them. Nope, nope, nope.
So call me an old fart. I'm fine with it. And I'll say this about the next media wave that washes out Facebook, too. Because there will be another one. There always is.
Okay, I know this was not my normal blog fodder. Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest. More sewing next post, scout's honor.